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Verizon Bumps High-Speed Broadband Tiers On Fiber-Based FiOS Service

Verizon Bumps High-Speed Broadband Tiers On Fiber-Based FiOS Service

In a FiOS area? Good for you. If you aren't, well, you'll have something else to cry about. Verizon's heralded FiOS fiber network is loved by those that have it, but only a handful of states and neighborhoods have access. Today, Verizon has "responded to consumer demand for ultra-high-speed home broadband service," and it has announced that...

Archos 7" Child Pad Is a $120 Android 4.0 Tablet For Your Kiddo

Archos 7" Child Pad Is a $120 Android 4.0 Tablet For Your Kiddo

So, there are tablets for big folks -- like the Galaxy Note 10.1 and iPad -- and then there are slates for the kids. Well, there aren't a lot, but it's a growing market. Archos is contributing to the cause with the new Child Pad, a unique 7" Ice Cream Sandwich-based slate that'll sell for $129.99. It's pretty outrageous to see an Android 4.0...

WSJ: Sony’s PS3 Successor Nearly Did Away with Discs

WSJ: Sony’s PS3 Successor Nearly Did Away with Discs

We all know it’s just a matter of time before the next generation of gamers has no idea what a DVD looks like, but that change may be coming sooner than some expected. According to the Wall Street Journal’s sources, Sony nearly decided to build the PS3’s successor without an optical drive, instead going with a download-only...

Rumored Google/ASUS Nexus 7 Tablet Turns up in Rightware Benchmark Data

Rumored Google/ASUS Nexus 7 Tablet Turns up in Rightware Benchmark Data

There has been wide speculation that Google and ASUS have teamed up on a Kindle Fire-killing tablet that would offer potentially more features and functionality than the Fire yet match its price point. More details have emerged about the alleged tablet, and they certainly indicate that it’s a real thing. Rightware makes benchmarking...

Sergey Brin Demos Google Glasses Prototype on “The Gavin Newsom Show”, Suggests Possible Release Next Year

Sergey Brin Demos Google Glasses Prototype on “The Gavin Newsom Show”, Suggests Possible Release Next Year

Folks have been clamoring for more on Google's Project Glass, and Sergey Brin--one of the co-founders of Google who is now burying himself in the R&D department--recently appeared on “The Gavin Newsom” on The Current with the prototype glasses perched on his face. (Side note: Yes, that Gavin Newsom. He’s a lieutenant...

New "Remastered" Doom 3 For Decrepit Xbox, PS3 Features Same Mediocre Gameplay, Lousy Design

New "Remastered" Doom 3 For Decrepit Xbox, PS3 Features Same Mediocre Gameplay, Lousy Design

Bethesda Softworks, designers and distributors of normally excellent titles, are bringing out a "new" version of Doom 3, Doom 3: BFG. The new package includes "remastered" graphics (more on that gem in a moment), the Doom 3: Resurrection of Evil add-on, seven new levels thrillingly titled "The Lost Mission" and support for 3D, 5.1 surround,...

Amazon Inks Multi-Year LOVEFiLM, NBCUniversal Agreement

Amazon Inks Multi-Year LOVEFiLM, NBCUniversal Agreement

Here in the U.S., the top dog in streaming video is Netflix, but over in the U.K., Amazon's LOVEFiLM service gives Netflix a run for its money. Competition is about to heat up, too, now that Amazon signed an exclusive multi-year digital agreement with NBCUniversal, which will provide LOVEFiLM members with streaming access to Universal Pictures...

Google, Samsung Introduce Faster Chromebook and New Chromebox Systems

Google, Samsung Introduce Faster Chromebook and New Chromebox Systems

Hey look, Google and Samsung are throwing a Chrome OS party and you're all invited. Guests of honor include a faster, upgraded Chromebook model, and a Chromebox that's set to challenge Apple's Mac Mini to a dance off. Both of these products sport an updated flavor of Google's Chrome OS with a new user interface that purportedly makes it easier...

OCZ Equips New Agility 4 Series Solid State Drives with Everest 2 Controller

OCZ Equips New Agility 4 Series Solid State Drives with Everest 2 Controller

OCZ Technology is continuing to blitz the solid state drive market with new models, the latest being the Agility 4 Series, which the company claims strikes an "ideal balance" of SATA 6Gbps speed, IOPS performance, and enterprise-grade endurance and reliability," all while maintaining cost-friendly price points. The Agility 4 Series is powered...

Ematic Reveals 7" eGlide Steal Tablet, Costs Just $120

Ematic Reveals 7" eGlide Steal Tablet, Costs Just $120

What would you pay for a slate with Ice Cream Sandwich? $200? $300? More? Less? Well, if you're looking for one on the cheap, look no further. Ematic, a company that sells little more than "value tablets," has just introduced the 7" eGlide Steal. Funny, since the price really does feel like a steal. It includes Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich),...

OmniVision Crafts New 1080p Mobile Camera For Tablets And Phones

OmniVision Crafts New 1080p Mobile Camera For Tablets And Phones

Now that there's a 1080p mobile display (courtesy of LG Display), why not usher in a 1080p mobile camera? Great idea, says OmniVision. The company has just introduced the OV2722, which is its second-gen native 1080p HD CMOS image sensor. It's engineered specifically for highly portable products (tablets, phones, etc.), where low profiles are...

NZXT Announces Aperture M Media Reader

NZXT Announces Aperture M Media Reader

For as useful as case-mounted USB ports are for connecting USB devices quickly to your computer, removable media comes in an increasingly wide variety of formats. Having a media reader as part of your machine’s array of front-panel ports is mighty handy, and NZXT just released a full-featured one that will give your rig a nice upgrade....

Toshiba Excite 10 LE: The World's Thinnest 10" Tablet

Toshiba Excite 10 LE: The World's Thinnest 10" Tablet

Toshiba is claiming to have the world's thinnest 10-inch tablet with its Excite 10 LE. This Android 4.0-powered tablet is indeed thin and lightweight, measuring 0.3 inches thick and weighing about 1.18 pounds. In addition to its thin design, the Excite 10 LE also offers a number of ports and expansion slots. With its size, ports, and good-looking...

Razer Launches Battlefield 3 Themed BlackShark 2.0 Gaming Headset for PC

Razer Launches Battlefield 3 Themed BlackShark 2.0 Gaming Headset for PC

PC gamers are sometimes a forgotten and overlooked class of gamers, shoved aside by peripheral manufacturers in favor of a growing legion of our console brethren. But fear not if you prefer the PC platform, Razer has your back, especially if you live and breathe Battlefield 3. Launched today is Razer's new Battlefield 3 BlackShark 2.0 Gaming...

Adventurous Overclocker Pushes GeForce GTX 690 to 1,547MHz with LN2

Adventurous Overclocker Pushes GeForce GTX 690 to 1,547MHz with LN2

Generally speaking, there are two kinds of overclockers in this world. The first type consists of users who want to squeeze a bit of extra performance out of their parts. Sometimes the increase in frequency is modest, and other times they'll intentionally buy a lower priced (and lower clocked) part and OC the difference. Either way, it's a...

First Generation iPad Prototype Fetches $10,200 in Online Auction

First Generation iPad Prototype Fetches $10,200 in Online Auction

When word first leaked out that Apple was developing a tablet, many assumed the end result would cost consumers a small fortune. It's Apple, after all, and whether the so-call Apple Tax is real or imagined, Apple products usually tend to cost more than their Windows-based counterparts. So when Apple launched its first iPad starting at $499...

Dell Announces New All-In-Ones

Dell Announces New All-In-Ones

Dell added a new XPS One all-in-one as well as two new Inspiron One all-in-one computers to its lineup. The new XPS One 27 is Dell's largest all-in-one to date with its 27-inch, 2560x1440 resolution display. According to Dell, the XPS One 27 has one of the most vibrant displays Dell has offered. Key specifications for the XPS One 27 include...

Rumor: Foxconn Has Orders for Apple TVs

Rumor: Foxconn Has Orders for Apple TVs

Fueled in part by revelations in Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs biography that Jobs had finally figured out how the TV market, rumors of the long-awaited Apple TV have swirled often. According to China Business News’ confidential sources, the devices are coming soon; Apple TVs will be rolling off of assembly lines at Foxconn, as...

GameStop Starts Selling Android Tablets

GameStop Starts Selling Android Tablets

"Adapt or die." It's a phrase used in countless movies and novels, and honestly, it makes sense. And it's the same mantra that GameStop is adhering to. The gaming giant knows that physical game sales are on the decline, and there's only one way to keep those profits up: change the business model. Recently, it announced contract-free SIM service...

Samsung's Galaxy S III Goes On Sale In 28 Nations; America Still Waiting

Samsung's Galaxy S III Goes On Sale In 28 Nations; America Still Waiting

If you're longing for the next great Android superphone, the time is now. Samsung just revealed that the global variant of the Galaxy S III --- which has a beastly quad-core Exynos processor within -- will begin shipping this week in 28 countries around the globe. By July, that will expand to 145 countries and will touch some 296 carriers....

Kaspersky Labs Uncovers Most Sophisticated Cyber Weapon Ever

Kaspersky Labs Uncovers Most Sophisticated Cyber Weapon Ever

Although we’ve been told anecdotally by industry pros that the cyber security field is actually kind of boring, it sure sounds like a lot of heart-pounding adventure. According to a blog post from Kaspersky Labs, there’s a new cyber weapon tearing through the Middle East called “Flame”. The post states: The ‘Flame’...

Silicon Image's New HDMI+MHL IP Core Offer Faster Charging And Higher-Def Video

Silicon Image's New HDMI+MHL IP Core Offer Faster Charging And Higher-Def Video

Unlike some other stands (we're looking at you, microUSB), MHL hasn't exactly taken off in the same way. It's out there, sure, but it's hardly a household name. Despite offering fantastic technological innovations suited for a mobile-centric world, not a lot of phone manufacturers have included the port on their devices. But now, Silicon Image...

Absinthe 2.0 Used to Jailbreak Almost a Million Devices This Weekend

Absinthe 2.0 Used to Jailbreak Almost a Million Devices This Weekend

Although jailbreaking one’s iPhone is a fairly common practice, it can be intimidating for plenty of folks. Apparently, after the Chronic-Dev and iPhone Dev teams released the Absinthe 2.0 jailbreak tool for iOS 5.5.1 devices on Friday, a few more people decided to give it a try. According to a tweet from Chronic-Dev, nearly a million...

DRS Reveals Three New Rugged Tablets

DRS Reveals Three New Rugged Tablets

DRS Technologies unveiled three new rugged tablets that are designed to withstand drops, temperature extremes, water, and more. All three new models are part of the company's Armor line. The ARMOR X7et runs Microsoft Windows 7 Professional and features an Intel Atom Z670 processor. This tablet weighs less than 1.5 pounds and promises six hours...

LG Display Reveals 5" Mobile LCD With Stunning 1080p Resolution, 440ppi

LG Display Reveals 5" Mobile LCD With Stunning 1080p Resolution, 440ppi

Apple's Retina display is impressive, no doubt, but there's a new contender in the mix as of this week. LG Display has come out of nowhere and introduced a five-inch Full HD LCD panel for smartphones. That's right: a 1080p display, meant for phones. The company's Optimus Vu has shown that it isn't afraid to produce a "phablet," and it looks...

A Couple Peaks At What To Expect At Computex 2012

A Couple Peaks At What To Expect At Computex 2012

Like many companies, Asus and ViewSonic are busy preparing for Computex 2012 which kicks off June 5 in Taiwan. In the meantime, both of these companies are teasing us with information about what we can expect to see at the show. A teaser video from Asus gives us only a few details about what Asus will be announcing. For example, the video...

New Tomb Raider Teaser Tips Up Ahead of E3

New Tomb Raider Teaser Tips Up Ahead of E3

Brace yourself for a new Tomb Raider game. After a long hiatus courtesy of developer delays and other bumps in the road, Lara Croft appears ready to once again challenge gamers as the franchise gets a reboot. To help spark excitement among fans of the series, as well as those who perhaps have never played a Tomb Raider title, a teaser trailer...

Researchers Say Solid State Solar Panels are Cheaper, Don't Leak

Researchers Say Solid State Solar Panels are Cheaper, Don't Leak

Tapping into sunlight to provide solar energy is generally good for the environment, most people can agree on that. But the technology behind today's solar cells isn't as efficient as you might think. Today's 'Grätzel cells' are the standard for low-cost solar panels and are relatively easy to manufacture. That's all well and good, but...

38 Studios Is Dead; Fallout Over Company Implosion Takes On Life Of Its Own

38 Studios Is Dead; Fallout Over Company Implosion Takes On Life Of Its Own

Last week, Curt Shilling's 38 Studios fired all of its employees and closed down. The casualties included everyone at Big Huge Games, the developer responsible for Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning. Schilling brought his company to Rhode Island in 2010, after the state pledged a total of $75M in loan money to entice him to do so. Reports indicate...

NBC Details Olympics Coverage: Over 5,000 Hours, All Online*

NBC Details Olympics Coverage: Over 5,000 Hours, All Online*

Well, it's good to see broadcasters are getting with the times when it comes to major sporting events. NBC is going to be showcasing the 2012 Olympics from London, and naturally, they're doing everything they can to deliver the events in every way possible. But, there are a few catches. Coming soon, users will be blasted with over 5,000 hours...

Report: Facebook Is Working On A Phone (Again)

Report: Facebook Is Working On A Phone (Again)

Is Facebook going to finally make a smartphone? It's apparently in the cards once more. Rumors flared years back that a "Facebook phone" was en route, and some suggested that HTC's Status was a watered-down version of that dream. But now that Facebook is a public company, with billions to work with an ambitions that are running high, why not...

Microsoft Lists Resources For Porting Apps To Metro

Microsoft Lists Resources For Porting Apps To Metro

Metro has become quite the buzzword these days, but what does it mean for developers? Microsoft, with only months to go before Windows 8 is released, is taking the chance to address that head-on. In a new post over at the MSDN Blogs, the company has stated that porting apps to Metro will be fairly easy, and the "hardest part is coming up with...

Malaysia's Youth To Soon See Their Own 7" 1Mpad Android Tablet

Malaysia's Youth To Soon See Their Own 7" 1Mpad Android Tablet

Does the world really need another Gingerbread-based tablet? Well, North America probably doesn't, but other parts of the world could sure use it. Talk of India reaping a sub-$100 tablet has been circulating for years now, and this week Malaysia is jumping into that fold with a lot more than just vaporware. The country has proudly announced...

Dish Network Under Fire from Broadcasters Over Commercial-Skipping AutoHop Feature

Dish Network Under Fire from Broadcasters Over Commercial-Skipping AutoHop Feature

Dish Network has a new “PrimeTime Anytime” feature that’s part of a whole-home DVR service called “Hopper”. The service lets you access Fox, NBC, CBS, and ABC primetime content from the last eight days on demand and record up to six programs simultaneously with a storage capacity of up to 2,000 hours of content....

Struggling RIM May Hand Out Thousands of Pink Slips as Part of Major Restructuring Effort

Struggling RIM May Hand Out Thousands of Pink Slips as Part of Major Restructuring Effort

Show of hands, how many of you own a BlackBerry device? Anyone? Hello!? Oh wait, there's a hand in the back, and one more far off to the side. Now raise your hand if you own an Android or iOS device. Holy moley, that looks like everyone else, save for that crazy guy in the back flapping his arms yelling something about the Windows Phone platform....

Thermaltake Announces Monstrous Toughpower XT 1275W Platinum Snow Edition PSU

Thermaltake Announces Monstrous Toughpower XT 1275W Platinum Snow Edition PSU

Power supplies might be the least glamorous part of a PC build, yet ironically enough, some would argue they're the single most important component you can pick out, especially if you intend to overclock and/or are rocking high-end hardware. Unlike cases and peripherals, most PSUs aren't all that flashy, but Thermaltake's new Toughpower XT...

Facebook May Buy Opera Software, Still Totally Not Planning to Expand Into Mobile

Facebook May Buy Opera Software, Still Totally Not Planning to Expand Into Mobile

Despite denials from the highest echelons of Facebook, it sure looks like the social media giant is planning (plotting?) to expand its empire beyond newsfeeds, ads, and “likes”, perhaps to a dedicated Facebook phone and/or a mobile operating system to compete against iOS, Android, and Windows Phone. Facebook has been busy, scooping...

Microsoft Revamping Terms of Service Agreements to Block Class Action Lawsuits

Microsoft Revamping Terms of Service Agreements to Block Class Action Lawsuits

If this whole software and hardware business doesn't pan out for Microsoft, the Redmond outfit might have a future in used car sales. Need proof? Just wait until you see Microsoft's pitch on why altering its various Terms of Service agreements to forbid class action lawsuits is a good thing...for you! "When a customer in the United States...

Details of Dell's Windows 8 Tablet Get Leaked to the Web

Details of Dell's Windows 8 Tablet Get Leaked to the Web

Dell hasn't exactly been shy about the fact that it's working on a tablet based on Microsoft's upcoming Windows 8 platform -- several OEMs are. But what we haven't known, at least until now, are the specifics. For example, is Dell planning to launch a full-size tablet like the iPad, or a smaller slate like the Kindle Fire? And what hardware...

Microsoft Trash Talks Windows XP, Tells Businesses to Upgrade to Windows 7 Already

Microsoft Trash Talks Windows XP, Tells Businesses to Upgrade to Windows 7 Already

Most businesses don't give a flying flip about owning the latest and greatest product just for the sake of having it, especially when their current solution is working. Case in point, there are still thousands of IT departments rocking Windows XP, both because it works and also because it's perceived as being too costly to upgrade. But is...

Satechi's New iPod / iPhone / Bluetooth Remote Is Super Small, Useful

Satechi's New iPod / iPhone / Bluetooth Remote Is Super Small, Useful

Some things are just so simple, it's wonderful. There isn't a whole lot to Satechi's new remote, but it's incredibly useful for those that rely on mobile devices. The company's new BT Media Remote for iPhone, iPad and & Bluetooth Devices is now available, enabling users to control any iOS Bluetooth Device while connected to a TV, dock...

Intel To Spend $40m+ On Research Initiatives Across The Globe

Intel To Spend $40m+ On Research Initiatives Across The Globe

It's always good when we hear the word "investment" bandied about in the tech universe, and Intel has been using that term quite a bit over the past few years. Recently, the company announced plans to sink over $40 million (over the next five years) in a worldwide network of university research centers called "Intel Collaborative Research...

Eurocom Launches Complete Line Of Ivy Bridge Notebooks

Eurocom Launches Complete Line Of Ivy Bridge Notebooks

Eurocom launched its line of Ivy Bridge notebooks in the form of the Neptune 2.0 and Racer 2.0. The new notebooks feature professional graphics from NVIDIA such as the Quadro 5010M, 4000M and 3000M. The Neptune 2.0 features a 17.3-inch 1920x1080 matte or glossy display while the Racer 2.0 features a 15.6-inch 1920x1080 matte or glossy display....

Streacom Unveils Full Specs on FC9 and FC10 HTPC Chassis

Streacom Unveils Full Specs on FC9 and FC10 HTPC Chassis

There’s been quite a few smallish cases unveiled this week, and we’ll finish the list off with two more. Streacom announced full specifications on the FC9 and FC10 fanless HTPC chassis. The cases are awfully pretty, with a sandblasted aluminum finish in black or silver and understated profile to blend in with your home theater...

Absinthe 2.0 Calls Upon the Spirit of Jailbreak for Most iOS 5.1.1 Devices

Absinthe 2.0 Calls Upon the Spirit of Jailbreak for Most iOS 5.1.1 Devices

The good spirited folks over at GreenPois0n.com have just released Absinthe 2.0, one shot of which will jailbreak your iPod, iPhone, or iPad device running iOS 5.1.1. Absinthe 2.0 has been much anticipated and represents a "large collaborative effort between Chronic-Dev Team and iPhone Dev Teams," not to mention "many sleepless nights," all...

Toshiba Trashes Its Netbook Roadmap, Wants to Navigate Ultrabooks Instead

Toshiba Trashes Its Netbook Roadmap, Wants to Navigate Ultrabooks Instead

Slowly but surely, the writing is on the wall that netbooks aren't long for this world, and Toshiba is one of a growing number holding the marker. Netbooks are being shoved aside in favor of Ultrabooks, which are arguably just as portable, if not more so in some cases, but offer far better performance and, more importantly to manufacturers,...

Habey Rolls Out a Port-Happy Embedded PC with Atom D2700 CPU, Nvidia GT520 GPU

Habey Rolls Out a Port-Happy Embedded PC with Atom D2700 CPU, Nvidia GT520 GPU

If you're a fan of fanless embedded systems, there's a good chance you'll like Habey's upgraded BIS-6569A, which is a small form factor PC with a 10W Intel Atom D2700 processor clocked at 2.13GHz and Nvidia GeForce GT520 GPU with 1GB of dedicated GDDR3 video memory tucked inside. Even though it measures just 7.5 inches by 7.5 inches by 2.5...

BitFenix Announces Prodigy mini-ITX Chassis

BitFenix Announces Prodigy mini-ITX Chassis

We’ve seen firsthand how tiny motherboards can pack a serious punch, and BitFenix appears to feel the same way. The company announced the Prodigy mini-ITX chassis, which is designed to accommodate five HDDs or SSDs, a removable 5.52-inch drive bay, up to five 120mm fans, and with the FlexCage removed, a 240mm radiator for liquid cooling....

Diablo III Reviewed: Blizzard's Brilliant, Blundering Wreck

Diablo III Reviewed: Blizzard's Brilliant, Blundering Wreck

Diablo III isn't just a game -- it's a sequel, a social service, and a financial experiment all wrapped up in one. We've discussed the game's structure and balance in our extensive preview as well as its security problems earlier this week. Diablo III will likely go down as one of the most polarizing games of 2012. What follows is a detailed...

Android Developers And Users Can Now Tap Into In-App Subscriptions

Android Developers And Users Can Now Tap Into In-App Subscriptions

It's been a long time coming, but at least, in-app subscriptions have arrived on the Google side of things. Apple's own iOS App Store has supported in-app subscriptions for quite some time, and starting this week, Google Play users can say "yep, same here!" If you aren't familiar with in-app subscriptions, it allows devs to offer apps for...

Facebook Launches Dedicated Camera / Photo Tweaking App

Facebook Launches Dedicated Camera / Photo Tweaking App

Careful not to attribute this to the Instagram acquisition -- after all, that still hasn't cleared all regulatory hurdles and officially closed. But it's becoming ever more obvious that Facebook is growing beyond just being a social network; it's a legitimate company now, a software company, and it's plain to see that it plans on producing...

Box Continues to Woo the Enterprise With New Admin Tools

Box Continues to Woo the Enterprise With New Admin Tools

The cloud service formerly known as Box.net has steadily been adding features and capabilities enticing to businesses, which sets it apart from services more focused on individual users, such as Dropbox. Today, Box announced new admin features designed to make it easier for administrators in the enterprise to access and manage data. You can...

ADATA Boosts SD Card Performance With Ultra High Speed-I Technology

ADATA Boosts SD Card Performance With Ultra High Speed-I Technology

Who doesn’t like snappier performance in an SD card? ADATA announced the Premier Pro SDHC and SDXC cards, which are packing performancing-enhancing Ultra High Speed I (UHS-I) technology. Designed especially for professional photographers who also need more capacity and faster performance, the Premier Pro SDHC and SDXC cards boast read/write...

Android vs. Windows Phone: The Case For Conversion

Android vs. Windows Phone: The Case For Conversion

To date, we haven't heard a lot about Android 5.0 in terms of features, but Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) has had a lot of time to mature. Particularly on the Galaxy Nexus, the pure version of ICS is one of the most fluid, visually appealing mobile OSes -- but is it still the best alternative for those who are shying away from the iPhone...

Sharkoon Releases Nightwriter LED Keyboard

Sharkoon Releases Nightwriter LED Keyboard

Sharkoon has officially released its Nightwriter gaming keyboard, which was first revealed at CeBIT. This keyboard features a low-profile design and switchable LED illumination. With 13 multimedia keys, you'll get quick access to some of your favorite apps at the touch of a finger. The Nightwriter features a matte black, low-profile design...

Lian Li Introduces Three New Compact Cases

Lian Li Introduces Three New Compact Cases

Lian Li today announced three new brushed aluminum cases, the PC-Q02, PC-Q03, and PC-Q16. All three of these cases offer a small footprint and are designed to be a compact central storage hub for sharing information with your mobile devices. They feature easy-to-remove pop-off panels, USB 3.0 connectivity, rounded yet stable aluminum feet,...

Hey Look, PlayStation Network is Down Again (For Maintenance)

Hey Look, PlayStation Network is Down Again (For Maintenance)

It's said that nothing is certain but death and taxes, but whomever first uttered those words clearly didn't own a PlayStation. For if that person did, surely he/she would have added 'PlayStation Network downtime' to the list of life's absolute certainties. As it were, that's precisely the case today, as Sony spends the entire day performing...

Corsair Makes Migrating Data Less Scary with SSD Upgrade Kit for Notebooks

Corsair Makes Migrating Data Less Scary with SSD Upgrade Kit for Notebooks

Deciding to upgrade your notebook storage to a solid state drive is the easy part. SSDs are faster than whatever mechanical hard drive you're rocking, and you can expect a performance boost in day-to-day activity, whether it's simply booting the OS or playing with programs like Photoshop. So what' the hard part? Actually migrating your OS...

Google 7-inch Tablet Rumored to Ship in June

Google 7-inch Tablet Rumored to Ship in June

As is often times the case, if you want something done right, you have to do it yourself, and perhaps that's the motivation behind Google's upcoming 7-inch tablet. Rumor has an official Google tablet sized the same as Amazon's Kindle Fire is en route and will start shipping in June, with an official launch to take place in July. Citing "sources...

Blizzard Bombshell: All Your Passwords Are Insecure; Deal with it!

Blizzard Bombshell: All Your Passwords Are Insecure; Deal with it!

This is one of those little tidbits that breaks like a tactical nuke, not because it's a major policy change, but because the company in question has just revealed an astonishing degree of stupidity and is blissfully ignorant of it. In the wake of massive hacks, Blizzard released a statement reassuring world+dog that it takes our account security...

HP's Latest Earnings: $1.6 Billion In Profit, But 27,000 Layoffs Coming

HP's Latest Earnings: $1.6 Billion In Profit, But 27,000 Layoffs Coming

So, this is interesting. Evidently, making $1.6 billion in pure profit in a quarter isn't enough to justify keeping 27,000 on the payroll. It's obviously never that easy, nor that cut and dry, but HP is choosing a quarter where it profited more than some companies will ever gross to suggest that job cuts are in the pipeline. The company's...

Yahoo Axis Reimagines The Browsing Experience

Yahoo Axis Reimagines The Browsing Experience

It's been a strange month, maybe even year, for Yahoo. But with the CEO runaround and the Alibaba stock deal out of the way (for now), it's time to get down to business. Browser business. With Google seeing monumental success with Chrome, and even Apple to some extent with Safari, it's Yahoo's turn to give it a whirl. Yahoo Axis is the new...

Quad-Channel DDR3 Memory Round-Up: Kingston, Corsair, Patriot and G.SKILL

Quad-Channel DDR3 Memory Round-Up: Kingston, Corsair, Patriot and G.SKILL

To coincide with the release of Intel's current flagship Sandy Bridge-E processor and companion X79 chipset, a number of Intel’s memory partners released new quad-channel memory kits optimized for the platform. Previous Intel platforms were designed to offer optimal performance with two or three-channel memory configurations; Sandy Bridge-E...

Rumor: Microsoft Prepping Office for iPad and Android for November Release

Rumor: Microsoft Prepping Office for iPad and Android for November Release

Full versions of Microsoft Office are coming to both the iPad and Android devices as early as November, according to a report from BGR. Citing a “reliable source”, the site said that Microsoft already has the iPad version running in some capacity. Office for iOS and Android should run our old friends Word, Excel, and PowerPoint,...

Lenovo Now World’s Second-Largest PC Vendor, Money Train Keeps Rolling

Lenovo Now World’s Second-Largest PC Vendor, Money Train Keeps Rolling

It’s been a good year for Lenovo; the company announced its full-year 2011/2012 fiscal results, which include record numbers for sales, income, and market share. The big announcement is that Lenovo now claims the mantle of world’s second-largest PC vendor, a feat made more impressive as it began the year in fourth place. For the...

HTC Releases More Details Regarding Ice Cream Sandwich Upgrades

HTC Releases More Details Regarding Ice Cream Sandwich Upgrades

If you own an HTC device and have been anxiously awaiting an upgrade to Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, you'll be interested to know HTC has released some more details as to what devices will receive an upgrade and roughly when those upgrades will arrive. While we're glad to see HTC is giving us some more information about when the upgrades...

54: HotHardware's Two and A Half Geeks Webcast - May 23, 2012

54: HotHardware's Two and A Half Geeks Webcast - May 23, 2012

In this latest episode of HotHardware's Two and Half Geeks webcast, Dave, Marco and Iyaz discuss AMD's new Trinity A10 mobile processor, NVIDIA's new GeForce GTX 670 graphics card, Dell's hot UltraSharp U3011 30-inch IPS LCD, and Corsair's Accelerator SSD Cache drive. We also mention the winners of our Spring Tegra 3 Tablet giveaway and drop...

Verizon Wireless Unveils Viewdini Mobile Video Portal

Verizon Wireless Unveils Viewdini Mobile Video Portal

Verizon Wireless announced a new portal known as viewdini that acts as a mobile video aggregator and provides access to movies, television shows, and other video from a variety of content providers. Viewdini operates using Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network, so you'll want to be careful of bandwidth caps, but assuming that's not an issue,...

Seagate to Acquire Controlling Interest in LaCie for $186 Million

Seagate to Acquire Controlling Interest in LaCie for $186 Million

More moving and shaking took place in the storage industry today, as Seagate and LaCie announced an exclusive agreement whereby the former will acquire a controlling interest in the latter. Specifically, Seagate plans to purchase from Philippe Spruch, LaCie's chairman and CEO, and his affiliate, all of their shares, giving Seagate a 64.5 percent...

Hard Drive Capacity Could Increase to 60TB by 2016, IHS iSuppli Says

Hard Drive Capacity Could Increase to 60TB by 2016, IHS iSuppli Says

Remember when hard drive capacities were measured in megabytes instead of gigabytes? Perhaps you can recall using cassette tapes to store your data. Those digital dark ages are long gone, and today's hard drives are much more capacious, but with solid state drives coming down in price, are HDDs on their last legs? Not by a long shot. IHS iSuppli...

Are Touchscreen Notebooks the Wave of the Future?

Are Touchscreen Notebooks the Wave of the Future?

We're on the homestretch of Windows 7 being Microsoft's flagship operating system for consumers, and in a matter of months, Windows 8 will roll into view with its Metro UI sitting in the driver's seat. Microsoft appears to have built Windows 8 with a ginormous emphasis on touchscreen computing, which is great for tablets and all-in-one desktops,...

Nuance's Dragon Drive! Hopes To Reshape In-Car Voice Systems

Nuance's Dragon Drive! Hopes To Reshape In-Car Voice Systems

Anyone who has spent any amount of time in a vehicle with a voice-recognition system understands how lackluster most of them are. Even fancier rides usually have pathetic voice systems. Most drivers don't even bother to use the majority of the voice features, simply because it's a real chore to remember the correct phrasing, or it doesn't...

Hillcrest Labs Cracks Open Motion-Based Controls For Android-Based Smart TVs

Hillcrest Labs Cracks Open Motion-Based Controls For Android-Based Smart TVs

Remember webTV? It's not coming back in the same way that it left, but it's clear that more web browsing is going on on TVs now that "Smart TVs" are finding their way into homes. Hillcrest Labs is announcing today an entirely new level to that paradigm, as it has been selected by TCL in order to bring motion, gesture and cursor control to...

HotHardware's Tegra 3 Tablet Spring Sweepstakes Winners!

HotHardware's Tegra 3 Tablet Spring Sweepstakes Winners!

Spring had sprung and we teamed up with our friends at NVIDIA for an absolutely awesome giveaway. It started on April 26, 2012 and continued on through May 17th, a contest in which you could win one of two sweet NVIDIA Tegra 3-powered 10-inch Android tablets! In case you didn’t know, NVIDIA offers Tegra-based device owners...

Travel With Your Own Personal 4G LTE Cloud With Verizon Jetpack

Travel With Your Own Personal 4G LTE Cloud With Verizon Jetpack

Verizon has another Jetpack, the 890L, which is designed to give travelers a way to create a mobile 4G LTE-powered WiFi cloud hotspot. The device allows up to ten wireless devices to connect simultaneously, which is ideal for business teams travelling abroad; indeed, the device is supported in 205 countries. Users can employ VPN passthrough...

Alienware Calls "First!" on Killer Wireless-N 1202 from Qualcomm Atheros

Alienware Calls "First!" on Killer Wireless-N 1202 from Qualcomm Atheros

It was almost a month ago to the day that Qualcomm Atheros introduced the world to its Killer Wireless-N 1202 Wi-Fi module (with Bluetooth) and Killer E2200 Gigabit Ethernet controller, but the former sat in limbo since then without a launch partner. Well, it's found one in Dell, which plans to make its Alienware subsidiary the first to offer...

Lenovo’s IdeaCentre A720 Now Available to Tingle All Ten Fingers

Lenovo’s IdeaCentre A720 Now Available to Tingle All Ten Fingers

If you dig the all-in-one form factor, the Lenovo IdeaCentre A720 is about as compelling as it gets. After showing off the A720 at CES, Lenovo now has the AIO available for purchase, reports The Verge. The A720 boasts a large 27-inch screen with 10-point multitouch support, and the display itself can be adjusted from -5 to 90 degrees. The...

New GeForce Drivers from Nvidia Introduce Support for Kepler

New GeForce Drivers from Nvidia Introduce Support for Kepler

Save for the readily available GeForce GTX 670 graphics card, procuring a Kepler-based videocard from Nvidia is no easy task. If you do happen to get your mitts on one, however, you'll want to hop over to Nvidia's driver download site and grab the latest drivers, version 301.42, which happen to be the first WHQL-certified unified drivers from...

Fanless Tech Announces Core i3-Packing Habey BIS-6763 Mini PC

Fanless Tech Announces Core i3-Packing Habey BIS-6763 Mini PC

Fanless Tech is unabashed about its new Habey BIS-6763, and the fanless mini PC is indeed something to brag about. For starters, the tiny machine (7.5 x 7.5 x 2.6 inches) boasts an Intel Core i3-2367M, and it’s designed to be “indestructible”, according to the blog post announcing the computer. For graphics, the BIS-6763...

Hacks Decimate Diablo III Debut

Hacks Decimate Diablo III Debut

Diablo 3 players don't need any more bad news. The game is already staggering from a debut marred by enormous lag spikes, dropped games, and auction house errors. Now, widespread allegations of hacking are taking further chunks out of Blizzard's hide. This time though, there's an added twist: A significant number of those hacked claimed to...

VIA Hops on the Low Cost PC Bandwagon with a $49 APC Android System

VIA Hops on the Low Cost PC Bandwagon with a $49 APC Android System

The vibe Silicon Valley must be getting from the masses is that low cost, pint-sized PCs are the wave of the future, hence why we're seeing so many of them recently. The most popular of the bunch right now is the Raspberry Pi PC, but lo and behold, VIA is jumping in the ring with a $49 APC Android PC. "APC brings the familiarity and convenience...

Is Chrome Really the Most Popular Browser in the World?

Is Chrome Really the Most Popular Browser in the World?

Several reports have popped up online claiming that Google's Chrome browser is winning the brutal browser wars, having topped Microsoft's Internet Explorer in overall usage yesterday, as noted by StatCounter, an independent website analytics company. It was, according to StatCounter, a one-day victory, albeit on a global basis. "While it was...

It's Official: Google Closes Deal to Acquire Motorola Mobility

It's Official: Google Closes Deal to Acquire Motorola Mobility

Google can go ahead cross off "Acquire Motorola Mobility" from its to-do list, because as of today, the acquisition is officially a done deal, the sultan of search announced in a blog post. The deal, which jumped over several regulatory hurdles, including getting approval from the Anti-Monopoly Bureau of the Ministry of Commerce of China just...

Pentax Tempts Outdoorsmen With Rugged K-30 DSLR

Pentax Tempts Outdoorsmen With Rugged K-30 DSLR

Sometimes, weather just doesn't cooperate. For times when rain and mist quite literally moisten your parade, most folks would be content with simply not taking photographs. But if you're armed with Pentax's new 16MP K-30 DSLR, you can shoot away without too much worry. The company's latest shooter is weather and dust resistant, aimed at those...

Virgin Mobile Offers $40 No-Contract Plan: Unlimited Talk/Text + 50MB Data

Virgin Mobile Offers $40 No-Contract Plan: Unlimited Talk/Text + 50MB Data

Voyager Mobile one day, and now, Virgin Mobile the next. These days, it's the prepaid carriers making just as many waves as the postpaid ones, and Virgin Mobile is stepping up its game with a new $40 Unlimited Talk and Text plan ideal for consumers with moderate usage on feature phones. The company's payLo offering brings nonstop talking and...

ViewSonic Outs 1080p Full HD Pro8300 Projector

ViewSonic Outs 1080p Full HD Pro8300 Projector

ViewSonic wants the HD projector to be something that isn’t just for enthusiasts--in the press release below, the company pitches it as something for “professionals to pitch a business opportunity, for teachers to present multimedia, or for entertainment in the living room”--and it apparently believes it’s on to something...

Cable ISPs Band Together to Offer Free WiFi Hotspots

Cable ISPs Band Together to Offer Free WiFi Hotspots

Good news if you get your Internet service through Bright House Networks, Cablevision, Comcast, Cox Communications, or Time Warner Cable: You just got free access to about 50,000 WiFi hotspots. The quintet of cable ISPs announced that they’ve partnered to provide free WiFi hotspot access to all of their combined customers under the network...

MSI Unleashes Z77A-GD80 Motherboard With Thunderbolt

MSI Unleashes Z77A-GD80 Motherboard With Thunderbolt

Asus isn't the only motherboard manufacturer who is unleashing Thunderbolt technology today. MSI also announced the official release of its Z77A-GD80 motherboard with Thunderbolt support. This motherboard was showcased at CES 2012 in January. The Z77A-GD80 features the newest Intel Z77 chipset with support for the new generation 22nm processors....

ASUS Launches P8Z77-V PREMIUM Motherboard With Thunderbolt

ASUS Launches P8Z77-V PREMIUM Motherboard With Thunderbolt

ASUS launched its P8Z77-V PREMIUM motherboard which features the Thunderbolt connection interface. Thunderbolt promises transfer speeds that are twice as fast as USB 3.0 and up to 20 times faster than USB 2.0. It offers simultaneous bi-directional 10Gbps transfer speeds over a single cable, with the flexibility to daisy-chain up to six Thunderbolt-ready...

Arctic Launches Accelero Xtreme III Cooler for Nvdia and AMD Graphics Cards

Arctic Launches Accelero Xtreme III Cooler for Nvdia and AMD Graphics Cards

Today's graphics cards push pixels harder and faster than ever, and it takes plenty of cooling prowess to keep these modern day GPUs from burning up. Stock coolers get the job done, but they tend to run loud. Enter third party players like Arctic Cooling, which just launched its new Accelero Xtreme III VGA cooler for both Nvidia and AMD videocards....

Elpida's Bankruptcy is Great News for Remaining DRAM Players, IHS iSuppli Says

Elpida's Bankruptcy is Great News for Remaining DRAM Players, IHS iSuppli Says

Remember when high performance system memory used to command a king's ransom? Those days are long gone as tough times have fallen on DRAM makers struggling to turn a profit, no easy task when you're selling memory products at rock bottom prices. However, relief is in sight, according to IHS iSuppli, which claims that the DRAM market's woes...

Grab a Recertified Kindle Keyboard 3G for $80

Grab a Recertified Kindle Keyboard 3G for $80

It's been said that patience is a virtue, but in the land of technology, it can also be a money saving tactic for those willing to wait. And wait and wait and wait. In this case, if you've always wanted a Kindle Keyboard Wi-Fi + 3G but couldn't swallow the price tag, with or without the so-called 'Special Offers' price, you're in luck. Daily...

Voyager Mobile's No-Contract, Frill-Free Wireless Plans Now On Sale

Voyager Mobile's No-Contract, Frill-Free Wireless Plans Now On Sale

Another mobile carrier in the States? Well, we can't really complain about increased competition, now can we? With the MVNO library growing by the month (seemingly, anyway), here's another to consider: Voyager Mobile. After a slight delay, the startup is now "taking orders," offering such phones as the Samsung Galaxy S II and Epic 4G Touch....

Samsung's JK Skin: "Still A Big Gap In Patent War With Apple"

Samsung's JK Skin: "Still A Big Gap In Patent War With Apple"

Samsung and Apple. It's the tech war of the decade, and the two titans are at each other's throat in the public eye. Despite doing business with one another in backrooms for chips and whatnot, there's no love lost when it comes to design and IP. And even though a judge has ordered Samsung and Apple executives to get together and work out differences...

Mark Zuckerberg, Billionaire Facebook Co-Founder, Ties the Knot

Mark Zuckerberg, Billionaire Facebook Co-Founder, Ties the Knot

Life is good for Mark Zuckerberg, the main face and primary co-founder of Facebook, the largest social networking site on the planet. Zuckerberg celebrated his 28th birthday on Monday, became a billionaire when Facebook became a publicly traded company on Friday, and then a day later tied the knot with Priscilla Chan, his sweetheart of almost...

Microsoft Offers Free Xbox 360s! (With Purchase of PC)

Microsoft Offers Free Xbox 360s! (With Purchase of PC)

In a promo that’s sure to encourage students to study very hard at their desks and not play their brand new Xbox 360s all semester, Microsoft is reprising last year’s offer of a free 4GB Xbox 360 for students with the purchase of a qualifying Windows PC worth $699 or more (in the U.S.) or $599 of more (in Canada). “With all...

Hasselblad Slashes Prices by 23 Percent, Still Charges a King's Ransom

Hasselblad Slashes Prices by 23 Percent, Still Charges a King's Ransom

Hasselblad has been catering to photographers for over five decades and specializes in medium format cameras, which are priced accordingly. In case you didn't know, the typical medium format camera can cost as much as a Kia, or more, so the fact that Hasselblad is running a promotion where a number of models are discounted by up to 22.9 percent...

Gogo Teams With AeroSat To Take Inflight Wi-Fi Global

Gogo Teams With AeroSat To Take Inflight Wi-Fi Global

Bringing the Internet to rural places is one thing, but bringing it to every corner of the sky? That's a goal that we can also get behind. Gogo has delivered Wi-Fi to huge amounts of aircraft crisscrossing America. But, to truly dominate, you need the whole world looking your way. Thus, the company has partnered with satellite equipment provider,...

Microsoft Looks Back At The Path Of Windows, Waves Goodbye To Aero

Microsoft Looks Back At The Path Of Windows, Waves Goodbye To Aero

Windows 8 is coming this year. At this point, it's accepted. It's almost taken for granted. But building an entire operating system is an insane job, and doing it time and time again is even crazier. Microsoft has been pounding away at desktop OSes for years, and with Win8 on the horizon, the company recently took a step back to show where...

$74 Android PC on a Stick Sells Out, Stock to Return in June

$74 Android PC on a Stick Sells Out, Stock to Return in June

Ultra low cost PCs are all the rage these days, from the $25 Raspberry Pi to a $74 Android 4.0 USB/HDMI thumb drive based on AllWinner's A10 design. The latter was recently made available to purchase from an overseas vendor, and unsurprisingly, stock quickly sold out. Shipments to those who managed to place an order will go out on Friday;...

Following Backlash, Verizon Issues Statement Regarding Grandfathered Unlimited Data Plans

Following Backlash, Verizon Issues Statement Regarding Grandfathered Unlimited Data Plans

Verizon Wireless stirred up a hornet's nest of sorts when word got out earlier this week that Big Red was planning to shove grandfathered users off of their $30/month unlimited data plans that they signed up for prior to VZW rolling out tiered price plans. As you can imagine, news of the nixed data buffet for existing customers didn't sit...

Fraps Update Fixes Custom Resolution Bug

Fraps Update Fixes Custom Resolution Bug

Fraps, the popular real-time video capture and benchmarking utility, has been updated for the second time in less than a month, a rare occurrence for a program that typically goes months at a time before receiving new code. The latest version -- Fraps 3.5.1 -- brings just a couple of tweaks to the table, including: Added support for exFAT...

GameStop Now Selling SIM Cards, Mobile Service

GameStop Now Selling SIM Cards, Mobile Service

Yep, you read that headline right--GameStop is getting into the mobile service provider business, with its new GameStop Mobile MVNO. The company will sell you a SIM card (you’ll need your own unlocked phone) and set you up with a contract-free service plan while it entices you to snap up some used console game titles. GameStop is using...

Silicon Micro Display Brings 1080p Viewing To Your Face

Silicon Micro Display Brings 1080p Viewing To Your Face

What if your next display was one that you wore on your head? It could be. Silicon Micro Display has just announced their new ST1080 glasses, an almost futuristic gizmo that allows for 1080p playback right in front of your face. It's similar in scope to the Vuzix displays that are already out there, but these offer up support for 2D and 3D...

VIA Launches Fanless AMOS-3002 Mini PC

VIA Launches Fanless AMOS-3002 Mini PC

The machine shown here may not look nearly as good as the latest Digital Storm PC or Alienware laptop, but that's not the point. The point is to put a lot of power into a portable package, and make it sip power in a way that monster towers can only dream of doing. VIA knows a thing or two about efficiency, with the new VIA AMOS-3002 being...

Hard Drive Overdrive: Corsair's Accelerator SSD Cache Reviewed

Hard Drive Overdrive: Corsair's Accelerator SSD Cache Reviewed

Solid State Drives are a fabulous way to boost a system's performance, but for all their strong points, they aren't an easy upgrade for a lot of people. Performance can vary significantly between manufacturers, only the most expensive drives can replace the need for an HDD in an enthusiast / data-heavy system, and reinstalling a full suite...

T-Mobile Adds New Contract Free Mobile Broadband Plans

T-Mobile Adds New Contract Free Mobile Broadband Plans

T-Mobile announced new mobile broadband plans that don't require an annual contract. The new plans, which are set to be available May 20, offer users a few options for accessing high-speed Internet while on the go. The new plans offer different allotments of data and start at $15 for 300MB for one week. The plans scale up from there, with...

Toshiba Brings Ivy Bridge to Three Notebooks and an AIO

Toshiba Brings Ivy Bridge to Three Notebooks and an AIO

The Ivy Bridge-based bounty from Toshiba today is great indeed. The company announced a trio of notebooks and an all-in-one, primarily designed for audio/visual consumption. The Qosmio T752 is a high-end A/V notebook boasting an aluminum case, 15.6-inch LCD screen, 8GB of memory, a 1TB hard drive, and an Intel Core i7-3610QM (2.3GHz) processor....

Dell Precision R5500 Workstation Supports Four Concurrent Users

Dell Precision R5500 Workstation Supports Four Concurrent Users

If you’re having a hard time convincing your boss that you need a new work notebook (“It only has a single core, boss. One core!”), then this sweet piece of machinery from Dell is probably just a pipe dream for you, although if your work involves running 3D workloads, you may have a shot. The Dell Precision R5500 rack workstation...

Sapphire Announces Radeon HD 7770 Vapor-X OC Edition Graphics Card

Sapphire Announces Radeon HD 7770 Vapor-X OC Edition Graphics Card

We can't say Sapphire's late to the Radeon HD 7770 party, simply because Sapphire was there from the get-go. However, we can say that Sapphire is perhaps staying longer than most other party goers, choosing now to launch its new 'Sapphire HD 7770 Vapor-X OC Edition' variant with an "exclusive implementation of Vapor chamber cooling technology."...

Anticipation Runs High for Samsung's Galaxy S III Smartphone; Pre-orders Top 9 Million

Anticipation Runs High for Samsung's Galaxy S III Smartphone; Pre-orders Top 9 Million

If you're sitting around waiting anxiously for Samsung to release its third generation Galaxy smartphone, you're in good company. In fact, according to reports, some 9 million people have already pre-ordered Samsung's Galaxy III device from over a 100 carriers around the world, a great indication that it's likely going to be a big success....

EVGA Traces Problem with Some First Run GeForce GTX 670 Superclock Cards to Improper Screening

EVGA Traces Problem with Some First Run GeForce GTX 670 Superclock Cards to Improper Screening

There are reports in several corners of the Web claiming EVGA is recalling, or partially recalling, its GeForce GTX 670 Superclock graphics card, and while it's true the videocard maker discovered a problem with some early run silicon, EVGA Product Manager Jacob Freeman released a statement clarifying the issue. "Thank you for your patience...

Acer Introduces Ivy Bridge-Equipped TravelMate P243 Notebook Range

Acer Introduces Ivy Bridge-Equipped TravelMate P243 Notebook Range

Unsure if you've noticed, but Ultrabooks have been looking mighty sharp of late. With vendor after vendor aiming for an ever-tighter, slimmer piece of the notebook pie, Acer has outdone itself with the new TravelMate P243 series. It's actually designed for small businesses, but there's nothing here stopping the average consumer from digging...

Samsung Reveals New Mobile Memory Chip, Makes Way for Smartphones with 2GB of RAM

Samsung Reveals New Mobile Memory Chip, Makes Way for Smartphones with 2GB of RAM

As devices shrink, so too much storage. It's just how it goes. SSDs have taken the place of HDDs in tighter tablets and notebooks, and Samsung is hoping to squeeze even more out of every memory chip it makes, too. With smartphones becoming a larger piece of the company's bottom line, it makes sense to introduce the industry's first four gigabit...

BitFenix Outs a Pair of Fan Controllers

BitFenix Outs a Pair of Fan Controllers

There are fan controllers and then there are fan controllers, and it’s always fun to see some that are a bit tricked out. BitFenix has a pair of them, the Recon and the Hydra Pro. The Recon’s primo feature is that you can control it over the Internet via a Web browser. The controller features five channels, a touchscreen interface,...

Eurocom Announces Monster 1.0 Ultraportable Gaming Notebook

Eurocom Announces Monster 1.0 Ultraportable Gaming Notebook

It’s no secret that Eurocom makes some incredibly spec-heavy notebooks and mobile workstations. Often, those high-performing mamba jambas are also rather weighty and bulky, but the company has apparently accepted the challenge (and possibly felt market pressure) to create something smaller that still packs a punch for gamers. The Monster...

Sprint Updates Customers Regarding HTC EVO 4G LTE Delays

Sprint Updates Customers Regarding HTC EVO 4G LTE Delays

There are plenty of Sprint customers who are anxiously awaiting the arrival of their hot new HTC EVO 4G LTE smartphone. Unfortunately due to a U.S. Customs review of shipments, customers are left waiting without a firm date as to when they'll get their phones. Although Sprint and HTC can't do a lot at the moment, HTC is working closely with...

Intel's Mobile Core i7 3525M Shipping in the Third Quarter

Intel's Mobile Core i7 3525M Shipping in the Third Quarter

Intel's presumably affordable dual-core Core i7 3520M processor with Ivy Bridge DNA is slated to ship next month, but if you're willing to wait a bit longer for something a bit more powerful, there's a Core i7 3525M chip on the horizon, too. Like the Core i7 3520M, the  Corei7 3525M processor will boast a 2.9GHz stock clockspeed capable...

Apple's Next iPhone Will Sport at Least a 4-inch Screen

Apple's Next iPhone Will Sport at Least a 4-inch Screen

Now that the iPhone 4S has been out for a few months, iPhone 5 rumors are starting to heat up. The latest chatter surrounding Apple's next generation iPhone model ('new' iPhone, perhaps?) has the Cupertino company looking at a screen size upgrade that will add at least half an inch to the current 3.5-inch display found all iPhone models. A...

Verizon to Nix Grandfathered Unlimited Data Plans

Verizon to Nix Grandfathered Unlimited Data Plans

Those of you who are Verizon 3G customers feasting on an unlimited data plan, enjoy your time at the all-you-can-consume data buffet while you still can because the end is nigh. According to reports, Verizon plans to eradicate the $30 per month unlimited plan that some customers signed up for before Big Red rolled out its tiered price plans...

LG Bakes Up New Optimus UI 3.0 For Ice Cream Sandwich Devices

LG Bakes Up New Optimus UI 3.0 For Ice Cream Sandwich Devices

When it comes to Android, it's all about skinning for partner OEMs. For Samsung, there's TouchWiz. For HTC, there's Sense. And for LG, there's an all new Optimus UI 3.0. The company is introducing its latest UI overhaul, which applies to Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) devices. Among the new features is Quick Memo and "unique unlock features."...

RunCore's New InVincible SSD Touts Bond-Like Self-Destruct Button

RunCore's New InVincible SSD Touts Bond-Like Self-Destruct Button

RunCore has spent loads of time over the years trumpeting their high-speed SSDs, but here's something else that's probably even more novel. The company has just launched its InVincible Solid State Disc drive. A cute name, yes, but there's some serious horsepower underneath. The SATA SSD has quite the unique feature, too, with a special button...

Nvidia Dishes On Upcoming GPUstrocity; Cloud Gaming

Nvidia Dishes On Upcoming GPUstrocity; Cloud Gaming

At GTC 2012 today, Nvidia disclosed some details on its upcoming GPU, GK110 -- the beast that will power the GK20 Tesla chip and possibly an option or two at the very highest end of the consumer market. A new white paper published by Moore Insights & Strategy also disclosed some facts on the company's cloud gaming strategy in a more coherent...

Toshiba Bumps Canvio 3.0 External Drives To 1.5TB, Adds Mac Compatibility

Toshiba Bumps Canvio 3.0 External Drives To 1.5TB, Adds Mac Compatibility

Toshiba's Canvio 3.0 and Canvio Basics 3.0 portable hard drives now offer up to 1.5TB of storage and also feature Mac compatibility on select models. The drives feature USB 3.0 connectivity for fast data transfer speeds. With the 1.5TB model, you'll get a NTFS driver for Mac computers that makes it easy to swap data between Macs and PCs without...

HGST Introduces New CinemaStar Hard Drives For A/V And CE Devices

HGST Introduces New CinemaStar Hard Drives For A/V And CE Devices

HGST announced a new family of CinemaStar 2.5-inch hard disk drives for the traditional and small form factor audio/video and consumer electronics markets. The new CinemaStar family includes the CinemaStar Z7K500, CinemaStar C5K1000, and CinemaStar Z5K500 families. The CinemaStar Z7K500 family is designed for high performance A/V streaming....

Corsair Vengeance K60 / M60 and K90 / M90 Input Devices

Corsair Vengeance K60 / M60 and K90 / M90 Input Devices

Corsair is relatively new to the gaming peripherals market, and the company undoubtedly took its time refining these products before stepping up to compete. The mechanical keyboards are designed to enhance gamers’ performance, with the K60 tailored for First-Person Shooters and the K90 for RTS and MMO gaming, and they’re both built...

ADATA Introduces 8GB and 16GB XPG DDR3-2133X Dual-Channel Kits

ADATA Introduces 8GB and 16GB XPG DDR3-2133X Dual-Channel Kits

ADATA announced two new memory kits in its XPG Xtreme Series designed for high performance, long life, and overclocking capabilities. Available in capacities of 8GB (4GB x 2) and 16GB (8GB x 2), the dual-channel DDR3-2133X kits boast 34.1GB of predicted bandwidth per second and sport operating voltages of 1.65V with 10-11-11-30 latency settings....

HTC's Phone Shipment Delay in the U.S. Underscores Why Patent Disputes Suck for Consumers

HTC's Phone Shipment Delay in the U.S. Underscores Why Patent Disputes Suck for Consumers

Hey, are you excited about the launch of HTC's One X and want to purchase one? Tough cookies if you live the U.S.. Sales of the new phone are being held up because of a required customs review after HTC was on the losing end of a patent dispute with Apple last year. The same thing applies to HTC's EVO 4G LTE smartphone; it's also delayed....

AVAST Scores VB100 Award from Virus Bulletin, Stares Down Malware

AVAST Scores VB100 Award from Virus Bulletin, Stares Down Malware

Anyone who's been playing with PCs for awhile has probably heard of AVAST Software, makers of the self-titled and popular free antivirus software heralding from the Czech Republic. AVAST is generally considered one of the 'good guys' in the fight against malware, and given the company's track record, it's no surprise that it's avast! Free...

Corsair Tweaks GS Series Power Supply Line, Achieves 80 Plus Bronze Certification

Corsair Tweaks GS Series Power Supply Line, Achieves 80 Plus Bronze Certification

If it's been awhile since you last glanced Corsair's GS Series power supply line, you may want to give it a second look. Now new and improved, Corsair enhanced the GS Series family with a more energy efficient design, earning an 80 Plus Bronze certification in the process. In addition, Corsair claims the redesigned PSUs provide quieter, fanless...

Google to Shake Up Android Strategy, Says Report

Google to Shake Up Android Strategy, Says Report

Well well well, maybe the new guy in the CEO’s chair at Google knows what he’s doing. According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, Google is revamping how it handles its Android business, starting with Android 5.0 Jelly Bean. If the report is accurate, Google is about to make some interesting business moves. Despite the...

Sony Announces 13" and 15" VAIO S Series Laptops

Sony Announces 13" and 15" VAIO S Series Laptops

The Ultrabook category is still alive and well, and in fact, still growing. Sony has just announced a new VAIO S, available in 13.3" and 15.5" screen sizes. The S Series 13 and 15 will ship with rigid cases crafted from magnesium, aluminium and carbon fibre (depends on model), with the S Series 15 models tipping the scales at below 2kg. All...

LaCie Packs 2GHz Processor Into New 2big NAS Drive

LaCie Packs 2GHz Processor Into New 2big NAS Drive

LaCie's design instincts haven't changed much over the years, but that's certainly not a bad thing. This week, the company announced a new 2-bay network-attached storage solution aimed at small businesses and power users. The LaCie 2big NAS, design by Neil Poulton, is powered by a 2GHz processor and a bolstered file system. Just think about...

Intel Touts 3rd-Gen Core vPro CPUs, Security And IT Focused

Intel Touts 3rd-Gen Core vPro CPUs, Security And IT Focused

Intel's 3rd-generation Core i7 CPUs are certainly forces to be reckoned with, but they aren't the best option for most businesses. In order to give enterprise users an option, too, the company's introducing a 3rd wave of their Core vPro CPUs. These units are shipping now, aimed at notebooks (Ultrabooks included) across the IT landscape. With...

GTC 2012: Nvidia CEO Teases Future Tesla, Demos GeForce GRID, But Keynote Lacked Follow-Through

GTC 2012: Nvidia CEO Teases Future Tesla, Demos GeForce GRID, But Keynote Lacked Follow-Through

Nvidia's GPU Technology Conference (GTC) kicked off this afternoon with company CEO Jen-Hsun Huang delivering the signature keynote. Nvidia typically uses the keynote to announce new projects, technologies, and initiatives, or to demonstrate new architectures, but today's event was something of a let-down. The event started off positively...

ROCCAT Confident the Savu is the World’s Greatest Mid-Sized Gaming Mouse

ROCCAT Confident the Savu is the World’s Greatest Mid-Sized Gaming Mouse

ROCCAT announced the Savu, a hybrid mid-sized gaming mouse, which ROCCAT CEO René Korte calls “The planet’s premiere mid-size gaming mouse – period”. The rest of the press release is just as effusive, but the Savu does boast some serious features. For starters, the mouse has true 400, 800, 1600 and 4000 DPI,...

Crucial Announces LRDIMM Server Memory with Support for Intel Xeon E5s

Crucial Announces LRDIMM Server Memory with Support for Intel Xeon E5s

Although it’s not as sexy as hardware advancements in the PC market, any new technology in the enterprise space is a big deal, as even modest improvements in performance or efficiency, extrapolated over seas of machines in businesses and data centers, can have large-scale benefits for all. Crucial is the latest to deliver a more efficient...

ViewSonic's Ultra-Slim 24-inch VX2460h-LED Monitor Is Coming To The US

ViewSonic's Ultra-Slim 24-inch VX2460h-LED Monitor Is Coming To The US

We first saw the VX2460h-LED from ViewSonic a few weeks ago but at the time, we didn’t know when or if this ultra-thin monitor would come to the US. Now, the company has officially announced the VX2460h-LED for the US. As you'll recall, this ultra-slim 24-inch widescreen display features advanced imaging technologies to help reduce eye...

Lenovo Shows Off Next-Gen Business Ultrabook, Introduces New ThinkPad Laptops

Lenovo Shows Off Next-Gen Business Ultrabook, Introduces New ThinkPad Laptops

Lenovo revealed the upcoming ThinkPad X1 Carbon laptop which the company is calling the lightest 14-inch Ultrabook in the industry. This ultrabook weighs less than three pounds thanks in part to its premium carbon fiber rollcage. Other key features include 3G connectivity, Lenovo RapidCharge, and Intel vPro technology. The ThinkPad X1 Carbon...

Diablo III Unleashed; World Productivity Teeters On Brink of Collapse

Diablo III Unleashed; World Productivity Teeters On Brink of Collapse

At 12:01 AM this morning, Diablo III launched. Normally, at this point, I pontificate. I write a bit about the game, share some pithy comments, and offer some well-reasoned considerations of salient points. I'm a journalist. It's what I do. But my priorities have changed, and you're going to have to deal with that. Alternately, you can read...

Microsoft Explains Family Safety Features Baked into Windows 8

Microsoft Explains Family Safety Features Baked into Windows 8

Worried about little Timmy's jaunt across the Web when you're not around to actively monitor his behavior by peering over his shoulder? Microsoft hears you loud and clear is and is working hard to keep kids relatively safe online by baking 'Family Safety' features into Windows 8. A recent blog post on Microsoft's MSDN site covers these features...

Ultra Wide Angle Full 1080p HD WideCam F100 Webcam is 'Genuis'

Ultra Wide Angle Full 1080p HD WideCam F100 Webcam is 'Genuis'

You may not realize it, but up until now, there hasn't existed a 120-degree wide angle 1080p high definition webcam, or so Genius claims when introducing its new WideCam F100. According to Genius, the WideCam F100 is the world's first Full HD webcam to boast such an ultra wide angle lens, but that isn't all it brings to the boardroom table....

Amped Wireless Launches High Performance R20000G Wireless-N Router

Amped Wireless Launches High Performance R20000G Wireless-N Router

A company called Amped Wireless (which has no affiliation with PepsiCo's Amp Energy drink) has rolled out a new flagship, high-performance, long range router -- the R20000G High Power Wireless-N Gigabit Dual Band Router. Amped Wireless believes the R20000G is best suited for large homes and offices where up to 10,000 square feet (or a quarter...

Voyager Mobile: A New Contract-Free Carrier

Voyager Mobile: A New Contract-Free Carrier

What if your mobile carrier were a company you actually trusted and liked? Most folks in the U.S.A. would scoff at such a notion, but we can't fault newcomer Voyager Mobile for trying something radically different. The company has announced a new MVNO plan that'll run on Sprint's nationwide network, with unlimited wireless plans starting at...

Twitter Making It Easier To Digest Twitter

Twitter Making It Easier To Digest Twitter

For any average Joe who has used Twitter, it may be overwhelming. In fact, many folks that didn't grow up on the Internet have a tough time even understanding what it's all about. And for those in the Internet Generation, even they have a tough time explaining what it is. So, what's a peer group to do? Digest it in a more familiar way. Starting...

AMD Trinity A10-4600M Processor Review

AMD Trinity A10-4600M Processor Review

AMD's second-generation Bulldozer core processor microarchitecture, codenamed Piledriver, has made headlines at HotHardware many times in the past few months, including our CES sneak peek of the chip that AMD is launching today for the mobile market, codenamed Trinity.  What this launch is all about is AMD's answer to Intel's Ivy Bridge-based...

Dropbox Offers 1GB Of Additional Storage If You Complete Scavenger Hunt

Dropbox Offers 1GB Of Additional Storage If You Complete Scavenger Hunt

Last year, Dropbox offered users the chance to gain additional storage space by participating in a multi-step scavenger hunt called Dropquest. Now, the company is at it again, this time promising a Dropquest that's back, harder, and "epic-er." Dropbox promises that everyone who completes Dropquest will get at least 1GB of additional free storage...

Lenovo Targets Budget-Minded Professionals With New ThinkStation E31

Lenovo Targets Budget-Minded Professionals With New ThinkStation E31

Lenovo announced the Lenovo ThinkStation E31 entry-level workstation. The ThinkStation E31 is available as a mini-tower or a small form factor (SFF), with both offering Intel Xeon E3 or 3rd generation Intel Core i7 processor options. The workstations also feature 1600MHz DDR3 memory DIMMs, USB 3.0 ports, and Intel HD Graphics P4000 or NVIDIA...

Apple Calls in Kaspersky Labs for Mac OS X Security Help

Apple Calls in Kaspersky Labs for Mac OS X Security Help

Whether Mac OS X was ever truly secure or just didn’t receive the same attention from cybercriminals as Windows operating systems, Apple was once a bastion of malware invulnerability. Those days are long gone, as recently somewhere between half a million and 600,000 Macs were found to be infected with the Flashback Trojan and security...

NZXT Releases Switch 810 Special Editions

NZXT Releases Switch 810 Special Editions

NZXT’s Switch 810 chassis is a fine piece of hardware, but not everyone is in love with the white or black glossy finish. Apparently, fans of the case have been asking for more color and finish options, and NZXT has heeded the call by announcing two new choices. The Switch 810 Special Edition is now available in matte black and gunmetal....

New Jersey Outlaws Simultaneous Texting and Walking

New Jersey Outlaws Simultaneous Texting and Walking

Texting and driving doesn't mix very well and you shouldn't tryi to do the two simultaneously, even if your state hasn't made it illegal yet. But texting and walking? Turns out that combination can be dangerous too, and if you get caught sending or reading a text message while taking a stroll in New Jersey, you could be hit with a fine. According...

GameStop Yanks PSP Games from Several Stores

GameStop Yanks PSP Games from Several Stores

New and used games retailer GameStop is starting to move away from selling titles for Sony's PlayStaton Portable (PSP) game console, instead choosing to focus on newer platforms, like the PS Vita. According to reports, GameStop has removed PSP games from a quarter of its stores, yanking them out of the smallest brick-and-mortar locations....

Beware of Malware Infested Fake Flash Player for Android

Beware of Malware Infested Fake Flash Player for Android

One of the greatest advantages of choosing an Android device over an iOS equivalent is that Google's open source operating system plays nice with Adobe's Flash platform. Unfortunately, Flash doesn't always play nice with Android users, at least not when it's been mucked with. According to security firm Trend Micro, a fake Flash Player infested...

Asus Reveals Snazzy SBW-06C2X-U 3D Blu-ray Writer

Asus Reveals Snazzy SBW-06C2X-U 3D Blu-ray Writer

The wide open worlds of 3D and Blu-ray are combining, and it's Asus that's bringing the two closer than ever. The company's new SBW-06C2X-U is a 3D Blu-ray writer, fully supporting BDXL, 6x Blu-ray writes, Blu-ray 3D playback, 2D-to-3D conversions, DVD upscaling to 1080p HD, 5.1 channel Dolby EX and DTS-HD and the ability to even play nice...

Buffalo Ships 802.11ac Networking Gear: Because Speed Rules

Buffalo Ships 802.11ac Networking Gear: Because Speed Rules

Need speed from your router in the worst way? Buffalo has you covered. The company has just released the new AirStation WZR-D1800H wireless router and WLI-H4-D1300 wireless media bridge, both of which are available now. Based on Broadcom's 5G WiFi chips, both of 'em offer speeds up to three times faster than 802.11n and are fully backward...

HotHardware's Tegra 3 Tablet Spring Sweepstakes:  Win an Asus Transformer Prime!

HotHardware's Tegra 3 Tablet Spring Sweepstakes: Win an Asus Transformer Prime!

Spring has sprung and we’ve teamed up with our friends at NVIDIA for an absolutely awesome giveaway. Starting today, April 26, 2012 and continuing on through May 17th, you can enter to win one of two sweet NVIDIA Tegra 3-powered 10-inch Android tablets! In case you didn’t know, NVIDIA offers Tegra-based device owners some unique...

Adobe Changes Course; Will Patch Security Bugs In CS5 And CS5.5

Adobe Changes Course; Will Patch Security Bugs In CS5 And CS5.5

As any software company well knows, there comes a time where you simply cannot support older versions. Try getting Microsoft to give you tech support on Windows 3.1, for example. But that line has always been a fine one, and Adobe has been pushing its luck of late. For instance, Lightroom 3 will never get a RAW plug-in update to support Nikon's...

LightSquared Teeters On Bankruptcy, Should Hear Official Word Tomorrow

LightSquared Teeters On Bankruptcy, Should Hear Official Word Tomorrow

The end looks nigh for LightSquared. The company that intended to hook up with Sprint for 15 years (or more) in order to redefine the 4G landscape in the United States is on the brink of disaster, and according to a Wall Street Journal report, the cards could fold as early as tomorrow. Reportedly, Philip Falcone's project could be getting...

Yahoo!’s CEO Scott Thompson Likely Out

Yahoo!’s CEO Scott Thompson Likely Out

Let this be a lesson to all you recent college grads: It doesn’t pay to lie about your degree. Just ask Yahoo! CEO Scott Thompson, who got caught with a bogus computer science degree on his resume. After an embarrassing week of halfway acknowledging the untruth, Kara Swisher of All Things D reports that Thompson is on his way out as...

Matsunichi MarquisPad to Touch Down in the U.S. for $249, Bringing ICS to the Party

Matsunichi MarquisPad to Touch Down in the U.S. for $249, Bringing ICS to the Party

If you're an Android fan, it's not a tablet party unless there's Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0), and that point isn't lost on Matsunichi, the company that plans to sell its full-sized 9.7-inch MarquisPad (MP977) for $249 in the U.S. That's an incredible price point for an ICS tablet this size, and going by the spec sheet alone, it doesn't...

Apple Drops '4G' Moniker from iPad Tablet

Apple Drops '4G' Moniker from iPad Tablet

Apple is having a changing of heart about attaching the 4G moniker to its third generation iPad tablet. In truth, 4G LTE service on the iPad only really works in the U.S. and Canada via a handful of carriers (five, to be exact), and it didn't sit well with some remote locales that Apple was labeling compatible devices as "Wi-Fi + 4G." Amid...

Baidu Unveiling New Smartphone Partnership and Baidu Cloud Next Week

Baidu Unveiling New Smartphone Partnership and Baidu Cloud Next Week

Baidu is China’s version of Google--a search company that built its own mobile operating system and is evolving into a services company with branded hardware--is taking another step. Baidu VP of engineering and head of mobile Wang Jin told Reuters that the company will be embarking on a smartphone partnership and new version of the Baidu...

Microsoft Redesigns CHKDSK for Windows 8, Improves NTFS Health Model

Microsoft Redesigns CHKDSK for Windows 8, Improves NTFS Health Model

Microsoft can't do anything to magically make hard drives stop failing when parts go bad, but the Redmond outfit is rolling out a new NTFS health model for Windows 8 with a redesigned CHKDSK tool for disk corruption detection and fixing. "We’ve all experienced the frustration that can be caused by an unexpected CHKDSK that pops up while...

Game Sales Took a Nosedive in April, NPD Group Says

Game Sales Took a Nosedive in April, NPD Group Says

Old Man Winter made an early exit this year in may parts of the country, and perhaps the unexpected sunshine led to gamers discovering things to do outside the house. Whatever the reason, by the time April rolled around, videogame sales were on a sharp decline, dropping a whopping 32 percent to $630.4 million in the U.S., according to NPD...

California One Step Closer to Banning Employers from Snooping Facebook Passwords

California One Step Closer to Banning Employers from Snooping Facebook Passwords

Kudos to California's state Assembly for passing a bill that would make it illegal for employers to pry Facebook usernames and passwords from employees and potential job candidates. Assembly Bill 1844, sponsored by Assemblywoman Nora Campos (D-San Jose), would put all private content on social networks out of reach of employers, though the...

Samsung Introduces 4" Omnia M Windows Phone 7.5 Smartphone

Samsung Introduces 4" Omnia M Windows Phone 7.5 Smartphone

If there's one company beyond Nokia that seems dead-set on supporting Windows Phone as a platform, it's Samsung. Just after launching the Focus 2 for AT&T, now Samsung is introducing the Omnia M, a sleek looking slate-style phone that'll ship first in Europe before bringing more of Microsoft's mobile OS to more places. As for specifications,...

Samsung's Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 And Galaxy Player 4.2 Shipping This Weekend

Samsung's Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 And Galaxy Player 4.2 Shipping This Weekend

Samsung's 17" Series 7 Chronos isn't the only product in the company's stable shipping this week. The Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 (what a mouthful!) and the Galaxy Player 4.2 will be available for purchase nationwide (that's the USA) this weekend. Starting on May 13th, the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 will be available for $399.99 and the media player for $199.99;...

EVGA Offers LED Controller to Customize GeForce GTX 690 Logo

EVGA Offers LED Controller to Customize GeForce GTX 690 Logo

When multiple companies are selling essentially the same product under their respective brand names, they have to try every way possible to sway buyers. In the case of EVGA’s version of the GeForce GTX 690 graphics card, the latest ploy is something shiny--an LED controller utility that lets you adjust the brightness of the “GeForce...

Hexxeh Creates (Free!) Firmware Update Tool for Raspberry Pi

Hexxeh Creates (Free!) Firmware Update Tool for Raspberry Pi

The whole $25 Raspberry Pi Linux computer thing has been fun to follow, despite the delivery delays and occasional hardware whoopsie. One of the headaches some users have apparently been experiencing is that they’ve had to reinstall the firmware after working with the Raspberry Pi images. A dev named Hexxeh got so tired of having to...

With Dead Space 3 Confirmed, Let's Talk Mythology

With Dead Space 3 Confirmed, Let's Talk Mythology

Big news in gaming this week if you're a fan of the survival-horror-meets-FPS series Dead Space; the third game in the series is scheduled to launch within the next 12 months. The original game, Dead Space, centered around deep space repair engineer Isaac Clarke's mission to investigate a mysterious distress call from the USG Ishimura and...

Great Games For $20 or Less: Orcs Must Die!

Great Games For $20 or Less: Orcs Must Die!

If you're looking for a new game for less than the cost of a tank of gas, we'd strongly recommend you take a look at Orcs Must Die. Some games are triumphs of storytelling and character development. This isn't one of them. OMD tells its story through the use of static art and a bit of in-game dialog, but the title neatly summarizes the purpose...

Sony CEO: Worldwide PS Vita Sales Top 1.8 Million

Sony CEO: Worldwide PS Vita Sales Top 1.8 Million

Sony President and Chief Executive Officer, Kaz Hirai, revealed during a conference call this week that his company has shipped 1.8 million PS Vita consoles up through the end of March. Looking ahead, Hirai expects to sell an additional 10 million units by the end of March in 2013, a bold prediction given the console's past performance. "About...

Deep Discounts Coming to Nintendo DS XL, DSi Handheld Consoles

Deep Discounts Coming to Nintendo DS XL, DSi Handheld Consoles

Hey, you there, are you about to purchase a Nintendo DS XL or DSi handheld game console? Well, don't! It's not that we have anything against either of Nintendo's predecessors to the 3DS, it's just that word on the Web is that some pretty big price cuts are in the pipeline, so if you pay full price today, you'll kick yourself in a couple of...

Fractal Design Rolls Out Gnarly Looking Fan Controller

Fractal Design Rolls Out Gnarly Looking Fan Controller

Shopping a fan controller doesn't sound particularly glamorous or sexy, but that's because they don't all look like Fractal Design's new Adjust 108, a six-channel fan controller with a brushed black aluminum finish and bi-color LED lighting beneath each of the sliders. Each of half dozen channels supports up to 36W and changes color depending...

MSI Introduces Powerful GE60 and GE70 Notebooks For Gaming

MSI Introduces Powerful GE60 and GE70 Notebooks For Gaming

MSI announced the GE60 and GE70 gaming laptops which feature Intel's newest third generation quad core processors and Nvidia's GT650M discrete graphics card. The machines weigh about 5.51 and 6.17 pounds, respectively. In addition to Intel third generation Core i7 quad core processors and Nvidia GeForce GT 650M discrete graphics, the GE60...

Samsung Ships 17" Series 7 Chronos Laptop, Starts At $1500

Samsung Ships 17" Series 7 Chronos Laptop, Starts At $1500

It's real, and it's here. While 17" notebooks have been around forever, they haven't received a huge amount of praise and market traction compared to those thin-and-light alternatives. But that's not stopping Samsung from getting into the ring, with the Series 7 Chronos acting as one of the most stately 17" laptops we've seen to date. Offering...

Dish Network "Auto Hop" Leaps Right Past Those Pesky Ads

Dish Network "Auto Hop" Leaps Right Past Those Pesky Ads

Commercials and DVRs don't really mix. Honestly, snagging a DVR is one of the best things you can do if you've no interest in sitting through ads. And somebody in the business knows it. Dish Network subscribers will now get the feature viewers have been waiting for since the beginning of television -- the choice to automatically skip over...

Fujifilm's FinePix XP170 is a Rugged Point-n-Shoot for Extreme Photographers

Fujifilm's FinePix XP170 is a Rugged Point-n-Shoot for Extreme Photographers

Imagine you're on a boat in the middle of the ocean and you spot a great white shark swimming nearby. Do you (A) back away from the edge and gingerly reach for your digital camera with the hopes of snapping a long-distance shot, or (B) dive right into the water to get closer look? If you answered B, Fujifilm's FinePix XP170 might be exactly...

ICS Update for Samsung Galaxy Note Rolling Out, Starting in Europe

ICS Update for Samsung Galaxy Note Rolling Out, Starting in Europe

For some, it probably seems as though that long-awaited Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update will never make it to their devices. Samsung Galaxy Note owners have reason to be optimistic, however, as some users in Europe have received that pop-up notification letting them know that it’s their turn. The update has appeared in Germany,...

Entire Harry Potter Series Free to Read on Kindle This Summer

Entire Harry Potter Series Free to Read on Kindle This Summer

Good news for magic-loving Muggles. J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series -- all seven books -- are coming to Amazon's Kindle Owners' Lending Library (KOLL) on June 19. If you own a Kindle, you'll be able to pick up your device and read through the more than half a dozen Harry Potter books at your leisure in English, French, Italian, German,...

Microsoft's $99 Xbox 360 + Kinect Offer is Real, Only Available in MS Stores

Microsoft's $99 Xbox 360 + Kinect Offer is Real, Only Available in MS Stores

Cash strapped gamers who would rather avoid paying a large upfront fee for an Xbox 360 console can take advantage of a subsidized offer that has Microsoft charging $99 for a 4GB game console with Kinect and Xbox Live Gold membership, provided you pass a credit check and agree to a two-year service agreement at $15/month. The previously rumored...

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 Reviews, EVGA and Gigabyte

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 Reviews, EVGA and Gigabyte

Hot on the heels of the impressive, dual-GPU powered GeForce GTX 690, which launched just a few short days ago, NVIDIA is already back with a much more affordable Kepler variant featuring a slightly pared down GK104 GPU. What’s perhaps most interesting to all of you though, is that this new card will offer near-GeForce GTX 680 performance,...

Facebook Lets Devs into the App Center

Facebook Lets Devs into the App Center

In a blog post aimed at app developers, Facebook announced its App Center and also gave guidelines so devs know how to get their apps into the App Center and keep them there. Wondering if your favorite Facebook app will make the cut? Eligible apps include: -An app on Facebook.com in a canvas page -A mobile app built for the web, iOS or Android...

Sprint Announces Tri-Fi Hotspot With 4G LTE, 4G WiMAX, And 3G Connectivity

Sprint Announces Tri-Fi Hotspot With 4G LTE, 4G WiMAX, And 3G Connectivity

Sprint announced a new mobile hotspot that supports the carrier's upcoming 4G LTE network as well as its currently available 4G WiMAX and 3G networks. The Sierra Wireless 4G LTE Tri-Fi Hotspot will be available May 18 for $99.99 after a mail-in-rebate and with a two-year service agreement. The device supports up to eight Wi-Fi enabled devices...

Samsung Grabs mSpot: Media Software Getting A Cloud Twist?

Samsung Grabs mSpot: Media Software Getting A Cloud Twist?

The cloud races have turned into sprints, and no one is slowing down. In fact, Samsung's speeding up, and this week they've picked up another company to help them along the way. mSpot was one of the first major outfits to offer a service that allowed you to store music in the cloud (a lot like Google Music, actually), and eventually they moved...

Hybrid Memory Cube Gains A New Member: Microsoft

Hybrid Memory Cube Gains A New Member: Microsoft

Increasingly, memory is becoming a major issue. More than other forms of storage, and in some cases, more than other major components in a mobile device. RAM is getting so cheap that it's actually a viable alternative to HDD-based storage, and there's plenty of room for collaboration from the major companies in the RAM race. Today, Microsoft...

Pogoplug Lets Small Businesses Make a Private Cloud with Pogoplug Team

Pogoplug Lets Small Businesses Make a Private Cloud with Pogoplug Team

Wary of the cloud because you don’t trust a third party with your precious data? Pogoplug has you covered, providing tools that allow you to create your own private cloud using an old computer or dedicated Pogoplug devices. Now, the company offers similar functionality for small businesses (or small teams or departments within larger...

Virgin Mobile Offers 4G With Three New Devices

Virgin Mobile Offers 4G With Three New Devices

Boost Mobile isn't the only prepaid carrier who's getting 4G service. Today, Virgin Mobile also announced 4G service with its no-contract plans. To accompany the announcement, Virgin Mobile announced the HTC EVO V 4G smartphone, Overdrive Pro 3G/4G mobile hotspot, and U600 3G/4G USB Stick. The HTC EVO V 4G will be available for $299.99 on...

Boost Mobile To Offer 4G Service With HTC EVO Design 4G Smartphone

Boost Mobile To Offer 4G Service With HTC EVO Design 4G Smartphone

Boost Mobile announced its first 4G smartphone in the form of the HTC EVO Design 4G. This phone connects to Sprint's 3G and 4G WiMAX networks and offers 4G service in 71 markets across the country. While connected to WiMAX, customers can expect average upload speeds between 3-6 Mbps. The EVO Design 4G is the first smartphone in Boost Mobile's...

55,000 Twitter Accounts Hacked, You Should Probably Change Your Password

55,000 Twitter Accounts Hacked, You Should Probably Change Your Password

Tens of thousands of Twitter accounts have been compromised in a recent hack attack in which more than 55,000 passwords were leaked and posted to Pastebin by anonymous hackers. Most of the accounts supposedly belonged to spammers, and there were many duplicate entries, Twitter officials pointed out, but to play it safe, you should probably...

HP Thinks Thin and Light with new Ultrabook and Sleekbook Models

HP Thinks Thin and Light with new Ultrabook and Sleekbook Models

Hewlett-Packard is fully embracing the transition in the notebook market towards thin and light laptops that are all the rage these days, just don't accuse the company of playing favorites. Sure, Intel's Ultrabook initiative typically gets all the hype and attention, but AMD is a player too, and in addition to new Intel-based Ultrabook and...

30-inches of Precision: A Look at Dell's UltraSharp U3011 30-inch Monitor

30-inches of Precision: A Look at Dell's UltraSharp U3011 30-inch Monitor

There are two types of power users on this planet, and they consist of those who use a 30-inch monitor, and those who don't. The latter far outnumber the former, but thanks to a number of factors, this particular digital divide is growing smaller by the day. For one, 30-inch monitors are somewhat more affordable compared to a few years ago,...

HTC Evo 4G LTE Lands at Sprint on May 18 for $200

HTC Evo 4G LTE Lands at Sprint on May 18 for $200

Sprint today confirmed that the HTC Evo 4G LTE smartphone will be available on May 18 (a week from this Friday) for $200 with a new line of service or eligible upgrade and of course a two-year service agreement. That's good news for those who already placed a pre-order but had no idea when the thing would ship. "HTC Evo 4G LTE sets the benchmark...

Lenovo Intros ThinkPad Laptop USB 3.0 Dock

Lenovo Intros ThinkPad Laptop USB 3.0 Dock

Lenovo and HP both have found time to unleash loads of new gear in the past day or so, but this one in particular caught our eye. The new ThinkPad Laptop USB 3.0 Dock is a swanky looking device that's powered by DisplayLink and a DL-3900 Dual Head Graphics chip with integrated Gigabit Ethernet and Audio. According to Lenovo, it offers dual...

Olympus' Tough TG-1 iHS Brings High-End Features To A Rugged Cam

Olympus' Tough TG-1 iHS Brings High-End Features To A Rugged Cam

There's rugged, and then there's professional-grade. Sometimes, they mix, and in the case of cameras, Olympus is mixing the two quite well with the new Tough TG-1 iHS. This just might be the most impressive "rugged" camera we've seen yet, combining high-end photographic qualities typically reserved for nice mirrorless units with a hardened,...

EVGA Announces Details on GeForce GTX 680 FTW

EVGA Announces Details on GeForce GTX 680 FTW

And the hits keep coming from EVGA; a few weeks after we got the details on the company’s GeForce GTX 680 SC Signature (with and without backplate), EVGA has announced all the information about the GeForce GTX 680 FTW. Wrapped in what is essentially the same body as the SC Signature, the FTW card sports a base clock of 1110MHz and a...

Kingston Bolsters Wi-Drive Device Support

Kingston Bolsters Wi-Drive Device Support

Kingston’s Wi-Drive is a nichey product to be sure, but it’s no less useful; the device is a portable, wireless storage drive designed to give mobile device users an extra amount of storage. Yes, a memory card would do essentially the same thing--add storage to a mobile device--but it’s not always possible to add a memory...

Razer Announces Updated Naga MMO Gaming Mouse

Razer Announces Updated Naga MMO Gaming Mouse

Hot on the heels of the release of the Naga Hex Red Wraith Edition gaming mouse, Razer announced an update to the Razer Naga MMO gaming mouse. The overhaul of the mouse is meant to improve its overall ergonomics, making it easier and more comfortable to use as well as facilitating better performance. The Naga MMO gaming mouse features an anti-slip...

Kyocera Introduces Rise And Hydro Android 4.0 Smartphones

Kyocera Introduces Rise And Hydro Android 4.0 Smartphones

Kyocera announced two new smartphones running Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) at CTIA Wireless 2012. The new Kyocera Hydro is a waterproof smartphone that can withstand being immersed in water up to one meter for up to 30 minutes. The Kyocera Rise features a QWERTY keyboard as well as a touchscreen. Both new phones feature a 3.5-inch HVGA...

53: HotHardware's Two and A Half Geeks Webcast - May 8, 2012

53: HotHardware's Two and A Half Geeks Webcast - May 8, 2012

In this latest episode of HotHardware's Two and Half Geeks webcast, Dave, Marco and Iyaz discuss Intel's blazing fast SSD 910 PCI Express SSD, the HTC One X smartphone, Four Gaming Cliche's that simply must die, NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 690 graphics card and details of our current ongoing contest where you could win one of two NVIDIA Tegra 3-based...

Lenovo Announces Thin New Desktops, All In Ones, And More

Lenovo Announces Thin New Desktops, All In Ones, And More

Lenovo announced a thin new desktop PC that's as wide as a golf ball. The new ThinkCentre M92p offers up to 3rd Generation Intel Core Processors with vPro Technology, solid state or traditional hard drives, and supports up to four monitors in Mosaic Mode or three independent monitors. Lenovo also announced the new ThinkCentre M92z all-in-one...

Ematic Serves Up Inexpensive eGlide XL Pro 2 Android 4.0 Tablet

Ematic Serves Up Inexpensive eGlide XL Pro 2 Android 4.0 Tablet

The secret to Android's success in the tablet space is going to be the various manufacturers' ability to launch lower cost slates, a point that was proven when Amazon debuted its $199 Kindle Fire tablet, which quickly became the second best selling slate behind the mighty iPad. The Kindle Fire, of course, is more of a glorified eBook reader...

Zotac Launches GeForce GTX 680 AMP! Edition and GeForce GTX 680 4GB Graphics Cards

Zotac Launches GeForce GTX 680 AMP! Edition and GeForce GTX 680 4GB Graphics Cards

Finding a GeForce GTX 680 graphics card in stock is still a nearly impossible mission, but while gamers wait for retailers and e-tailers to fill up with stock, NVIDIA's GPU partners keep churning out new models. Today's it's Zotac's turn, which just introduced a pair of new GeForce GTX 680 videocards, including an AMP! Edition SKU and another...

ADATA's SP900 an SP800 Series Solid State Drives Touch Ground in the U.S.

ADATA's SP900 an SP800 Series Solid State Drives Touch Ground in the U.S.

ADATA is making preparations for the upcoming Computex convention in Taiwan next month but found time to make what could be its last product announcement before then. Launching today is ADATA's new Premier Pro SP900 and Premier SP800 solid state drive (SSD) families with new optimized firmware, both of which are available in the U.S. and just...

IEEE Reveals 802.11-2012 Wireless Revision At CTIA Wireless 2012

IEEE Reveals 802.11-2012 Wireless Revision At CTIA Wireless 2012

802.11. IEEE. 1394. All of these numbers don't mean much to the average consumer, but geeks certainly know 'em. 802.11 is usually used to describe some sort of wireless wave needed to access the world wide web, and in turn, it's highly important. IEEE has chosen CTIA 2012 to announce the publication of IEEE 802.11-2012, which is said to define...

Gogo Snaps Up More License, Plans To Keep Your In-Air Internet Experience Brisk

Gogo Snaps Up More License, Plans To Keep Your In-Air Internet Experience Brisk

If you think wireless data companies have to worry about bandwidth on the ground, just try managing bandwidth in the air. Gogo knows all about it. After expanding from the darling of the skies into a sheer powerhouse, used to bring wireless Internet to hundreds upon hundreds of planes whisking around America each day, the company is now looking...

Micron Has a Fully Functional DDR4 Module, Volume Production Slated for late 2012

Micron Has a Fully Functional DDR4 Module, Volume Production Slated for late 2012

DDR3 RAM is so ubiquitous, effective, and inexpensive that it’s sometimes easy to forget that there’s a new generation of memory coming. Actually, it’s coming quite soon; Micron announced that it has a polished DDR4 memory module that it’s been sampling, and volume production may begin before the end of the year for...

Sharkoon Adds USB 3.0 to Desktop Tower Front Panels

Sharkoon Adds USB 3.0 to Desktop Tower Front Panels

Sometimes, it’s the little things in life that make it better. For Sharkoon customers, that little thing is having USB 3.0 on the front panel of some of its desktop cases. The company announced that two of its cases, the Nightfall U3 and Rebel9 Alu U3, will both eschew front panel eSATA ports in favor of USB 3.0. The two cases are distinctly...

Half of All U.S. Mobile Subscribers Own Smartphones, Nielsen Says

Half of All U.S. Mobile Subscribers Own Smartphones, Nielsen Says

It may seem like everyone owns a smartphone these days, and that's because over half of all mobile subscribers living in the U.S. -- or 50.4 percent, to be exact -- do own one, according to the latest data from market research firm Nielsen. That figure is up 2.6 percentage points since December 2011 back when feature phones were still the...

OCZ Boosts Vertex 4 SSD Performance with New Firmware; Launches 64GB Model

OCZ Boosts Vertex 4 SSD Performance with New Firmware; Launches 64GB Model

OCZ today is throwing Vertex 4 solid state drive (SSD) owners a bone with release candidate firmware v1.4RC, which "dramatically improves" performance, the company said. And by that, OCZ means it nearly doubles the sequential write performance for lower capacity models and boosts sequential read performance at low queue depths. General performance...

Samsung Focus 2 Coming To AT&T

Samsung Focus 2 Coming To AT&T

Samsung and AT&T announced the Samsung Focus 2. This 4G LTE Windows Phone is expected to be available on May 20. The Focus 2 will be Samsung's first 4G LTE Windows Phone from AT&T. It features a budget-friendly price of $49.99 with a two-year service agreement. Key specifications include a 4-inch Super AMOLED screen, a 1.4GHz processor,...

DROID INCREDIBLE 4G LTE By HTC Coming Soon To Verizon Wireless

DROID INCREDIBLE 4G LTE By HTC Coming Soon To Verizon Wireless

HTC and Verizon Wireless announced the new DROID INCREDIBLE 4G LTE. This latest generation DROID Incredible features an 8-megapixel camera with advanced camera capabilities, Beats Audio integration, and 4G LTE. The smartphone runs on Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and HTC Sense 4. Other key features include a 4-inch super LCD qHD display,...

Digital Storm ODE Level 4 System Review

Digital Storm ODE Level 4 System Review

How do you make the experience of buying from a boutique system builder easier than it already is? If you're Digital Storm, you answer that question by offering a line of pre-configured machines that are fully loaded to meet your budget and ready to ship in 72 hours. Not only do you save the time and energy required to build your own system...

Apple Plans to Bite Back at Ultrabook Push with $799 MacBook Air in Q3

Apple Plans to Bite Back at Ultrabook Push with $799 MacBook Air in Q3

MacBook Air laptops start at a grand for an 11.6-inch model with a Core i5 processor clocked at 1.8GHz with 3MB of shared L3 cache, 2GB of RAM, Intel HD Graphics 3000, and 64GB of flash-based storage. On the other side of the fence, Ultrabooks can be had for as little as $700, such as the Samsung Series 5 model at Best Buy, which is a 14-inch...

Adobe's Creative Suite 6 Software Is Now Available, Cloud Coming Soon

Adobe's Creative Suite 6 Software Is Now Available, Cloud Coming Soon

Photoshop might well be the most recognized design software this planet has ever seen, and when a new version hits, the Internet pays attention. In fact, Adobe has just launched an entirely new Creative Suite altogether, with CS6 officially going on sale today. The new bundle includes tools like Photoshop, InDesign, lllustrator, Dreamweaver,...

AT&T Puts HTC One X On Sale: $200 For Your Next Android Superphone

AT&T Puts HTC One X On Sale: $200 For Your Next Android Superphone

What is widely seen as the best Android phone on the market right now is... well, finally on the market. HTC's One X is now available from AT&T stores, both the online version and physical outlets. If you need a brushing-up, there's a 4.7" capacitive touchpanel, a 1280x720 screen resolution, Android 4.0 and a processor that keeps things...

Verizon Working on SMS-to-911 Service

Verizon Working on SMS-to-911 Service

By early next year, the nation will have a new way to call for help--via text message. Verizon Wireless announced that it’s working on a service to provide SMS-to-911 capabilities, which it says will be operational in early 2013. Simply put, the emergency service will allow anyone to send an SMS message to a 911 call center, also known...

Bethesda Teases 'The Elder Scrolls Online' MMO with Short Trailer

Bethesda Teases 'The Elder Scrolls Online' MMO with Short Trailer

Bethesda Softworks last Thursday finally and officially announced The Elder Scrolls Online, an "epic MMO" of sorts that will become "the first Elder Scrolls game to allow players to explorer the series' universe with others." Following the announcement, Bethesda has now released its first teaser trailer, a 1-minute YouTube clip with a strong...

AMD Preps Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition Graphics Card to Compete with Kepler

AMD Preps Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition Graphics Card to Compete with Kepler

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) doesn't appear terribly concerned with NVIDIA's Kepler architecture at the moment. If you recall, it took some time for AMD to roll out price cuts for its Radeon HD 7000 Series graphics cards after Kepler made its official entrance. But now that there's a dual-Kepler graphics card -- GeForce GTX 690, see our review...

Sprint's CEO Takes Pay Cut After Backlash From iPhone Deal

Sprint's CEO Takes Pay Cut After Backlash From iPhone Deal

Sprint has been something of an underdog in the U.S. wireless space for years now, and while the iPhone has absolutely changed the course of AT&T and Verizon Wireless, it has only recently started to ship on Sprint. The first change Sprint had to grab the iPhone came at the iPhone 4S event in October 2010, and while the real numbers are...

Adobe Flash Player Gets Security Update: Watch For Those Exploits

Adobe Flash Player Gets Security Update: Watch For Those Exploits

If you're using Flash on your computer or phone, there seems to be an update in order. Adobe has just issued a security bulletin notifying users that there's an update available for Flash Player. Updates have been unleashed for Adobe Flash Player 11.2.202.233 and earlier versions for Windows, Macintosh and Linux, Adobe Flash Player 11.1.115.7...

HBO GO and MAX GO Get the ICS Treatment, for Phones Only

HBO GO and MAX GO Get the ICS Treatment, for Phones Only

HBO’s HBO GO and MAX GO streaming services let pay-TV subscribers stream HBO and Cinemax programming to computers and other devices such as the Roku box and Xbox 360, and now those with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich devices can join in the fun. Android Central spotted the update, and they also noticed that the update applies only to...

Diversity Will Drive Tablet Growth, Reduce iPad Market Share, DisplaySearch Says

Diversity Will Drive Tablet Growth, Reduce iPad Market Share, DisplaySearch Says

If you thought the tablet market was popular now, just wait until 2017. According to data released by market research firm DisplaySearch, tablet PC shipments are expected to balloon from 81.6 million units in 2011 to 424.9 million units in 2017. What's more, DisplaySearch increased its shipment forecast for next year (2013) from 168.9 million...

OCZ's 1TB Octane Solid State Drive Touches Ground in Mid May

OCZ's 1TB Octane Solid State Drive Touches Ground in Mid May

Owning a high performance solid state drive with lots of storage space would be like having your cake and eating it too, which, by the way, is really the only the way to enjoy a cake. Regardless, it doesn't have to be a pipe dream, provided you're willing to drop a small fortune on a big size SSD with performance numbers to match. If you are,...

Origin PC Upgrades Pending Systems to Ivy Bridge for Free

Origin PC Upgrades Pending Systems to Ivy Bridge for Free

They say that patience is a virtue, but sometimes the excitement of a new system proves too tempting to wait a week or two for new technology that might be just around the corner. That was a case prior to Intel's Ivy Bridge launch, though there's no reason to kick yourself if you jumped the gun and ordered a rig from Origin PC. Why? The boutique...

AT&T's CEO Speaks Candidly About Unlimited Data, iMessage

AT&T's CEO Speaks Candidly About Unlimited Data, iMessage

Chief executives probably have plenty of things to regret. Running multi-national corporations isn't easy, and when making snap decisions, you can often get things a little wrong. Sometimes, you don't even know it's wrong until the entire landscape of things changes. AT&T has seen huge, huge growth in recent years, largely due to the iPhone....

Sony Joins The Ultrabook Club: VAIO T Series Coming In June

Sony Joins The Ultrabook Club: VAIO T Series Coming In June

The Ultrabook race is far from over, and it's obvious that Intel is going to be pushing the monicker for the foreseeable future. Tons of companies have stretched the mere meaning of the term, but there has been one major absence in the field: Sony. To date, Sony has somehow dodged the temptation to jump into the lucrative Ultrabook market,...

Corsair Introduces Air Series Cooling Fans

Corsair Introduces Air Series Cooling Fans

Corsair has thrown its hat into yet another ring; the company announced a new line of cooling fans, each with its own dedicated purpose. There are fans in the line designed for low and good airflow; high airflow; low noise and high airflow; low noise and high pressure; and high pressure. Corsair designed the fans from scratch, testing its...

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 Available for Pre-order

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 Available for Pre-order

Been hankering for the new Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1? Your wait is almost over, and you can go ahead and pre-order your very own new Tab right now at places like Office Depot, where it’s listed at $399. The Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 features a dual-core processor, 1280x800 display, Android 4.0 ICS, front and rear cameras, WiFi, and several Samsung...

Boingo Is Bringing Wi-Fi To NYC Subway Stations

Boingo Is Bringing Wi-Fi To NYC Subway Stations

Thanks to an agreement between Boingo and Transit Wireless, New York Subway Stations will be getting underground Internet access over the next five years. Once the rollout is complete, New York City's subway riders will be able to connect to the Internet from their smartphone, eReader, tablet, and other wireless devices while waiting for a...

Intel SSD 910 PCI Express Solid State Drive Performance Review

Intel SSD 910 PCI Express Solid State Drive Performance Review

A few years back we attended an Intel IDF event in San Francisco and among other disclosures, behind closed doors, the company was showing off a PCI Express-based SSD with current generation Intel NAND Flash and based on an array of SandForce controllers.  As it turns out, that product never saw the light of day and was more of a demonstration...

Amazon Updates Kindle Fire, Adds New Parental Controls & More

Amazon Updates Kindle Fire, Adds New Parental Controls & More

Amazon released a free new software update for the Kindle Fire. With the update to version 6.3.1, you'll get additional parental controls that let you protect purchases with a password, disable access to content libraries, and block access to the web browser. The update also brings new sharing features to the tablet that let you share favorite...

PowerColor Puts Own Design Spin on Radeon HD 7800 Series

PowerColor Puts Own Design Spin on Radeon HD 7800 Series

Perhaps looking to separate itself from the pack, TUL Corporation today announced newly designed Radeon HD 7870 and 7850 graphics cards in the PowerColor family. In addition to a few aesthetic enhancements, the new PowerColor cards are apparently "packed" with higher quality components for improved cooling, better stability, and more overclocking...

Smartphone Shipments to Reach 1.7 Billion by 2017, Ovum Says

Smartphone Shipments to Reach 1.7 Billion by 2017, Ovum Says

The smartphone market has exploded in recent years, particularly in the last 12 months, and by the end of 2017, smartphone shipments will reach 1.7 billion units, research firm Ovum predicts. That would represent a staggering compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of just under 25 percent for the period of 2011 to 2017. Wondering which mobile...

Nokia's Flagship Lumia 900 Windows Phone is Half Price at $50

Nokia's Flagship Lumia 900 Windows Phone is Half Price at $50

If you're thinking about purchasing Nokia's Lumia 900 smartphone directly from Nokia or through AT&T's website, or even at your local Best Buy, do yourself a favor and shop around. It's not that the Lumia 900 is expensive by any stretch -- just $99 with a 2-year service agreement -- but if you look around, you can find it selling for half...

Wikipad Gaming Tablet Coming With Android 4.0, Controller Add-On

Wikipad Gaming Tablet Coming With Android 4.0, Controller Add-On

Android 4.0 is finally making the rounds at a pretty good clip, and if you can believe it, it's actually making it onto something other than a phone or tablet. Yes, the Wikipad is a gaming-centric handheld, and yes, it's using Ice Cream Sandwich. It's actually one of the few highly unique Android 4.0 products we've seen in recent months, and...

Asus Shows Off N-Series Notebook In Promo Video

Asus Shows Off N-Series Notebook In Promo Video

Wondering where all the notebooks are? Well, they're in the oven for a back-to-school release, but Asus is giving the world a quick peek at an upcoming series. The company's upcoming N-series laptop is looking mighty impressive, with SonicMaster Premium audio (from Bang & Olufsen), a backlit keyboard, "ripple-like" speaker mesh, a sleek...

Samsung Announces Galaxy S III at London Event

Samsung Announces Galaxy S III at London Event

Samsung took the wraps off of its latest smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S III, at an event in London. The device sports a 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED display with a 0.01ms response time, Android 4.0 ICS, 8MP rear camera with LED flash, front-facing 1.9MP camera, and a quad-core processor. There will be three storage options: 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB,...

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 690 Now Available from Custom Builders

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 690 Now Available from Custom Builders

If you haven’t yet read our coverage of NVIDIA’s insane GeForce GTX 690 graphics card, go do it now. Seriously. The thing is a monster, essentially a pair of SLI’d 680s in one package. It has 3,072 CUDA cores, 915MHz/1019MHz base/boost clock, 6008MHz memory clock, 4GB total GDDR5, and a smokin’ hot aluminum and magnesium...

T-Mobile Targets First Time Smartphone Buyers With T-Mobile Prism

T-Mobile Targets First Time Smartphone Buyers With T-Mobile Prism

T-Mobile announced its latest budget-friendly smartphone in the form of the T-Mobile Prism. This Huawei-made device will cost just $20 after a rebate and with a two-year contract. Users who don't want to commit to the contract can purchase the phone for $150. The Prism runs on Android 2.3 and features a 3.5-inch HVGA touchscreen. T-Mobile...

Lian Li Announces Brushed Aluminum PC-Q09FN Mini-ITX HTPC Case

Lian Li Announces Brushed Aluminum PC-Q09FN Mini-ITX HTPC Case

Lian Li is a luxury case maker with a serious fetish for brushed aluminum, and you can see that with the company's newly announced PC-Q09FN, a mini-ITX enclosure intended for home theater PC (HTPC) chores. If you're familiar with Lian Li's HTPC line, you can think of the PC-Q09FN as a more roomier version of the PC-Q09 and PC-Q09F. The newest...

HomeFusion Broadband From Verizon Wireless Now Available Nationwide

HomeFusion Broadband From Verizon Wireless Now Available Nationwide

Starting today, Verizon Wireless will begin offering HomeFusion Broadband service throughout the country. This service provides high-speed in-home Internet access via the company's 4G LTE network. Verizon Wireless says customers should expect average data rates of 5 to 12 Mbps on the downlink and 2 to 5 Mbps on the uplink. At $60 per month...

PC Gaming Market Alive and Thriving as Related Hardware Business Tops $23 Billion

PC Gaming Market Alive and Thriving as Related Hardware Business Tops $23 Billion

Some people would have you believe that PC gaming is all but dead, nothing more than a decrepit reminder of the early days of videogames, and one that's on life support as publishers and developers switch their focus to dedicated consoles and mobile platforms. They are, of course, dead wrong. So wrong, in fact, that Jon Peddie Research (JPR)...

Internet Explorer Increases Market Share for Second Consecutive Month

Internet Explorer Increases Market Share for Second Consecutive Month

Something strange is happening the world of browsers. It wasn't all that long ago when it was conceivable to think that Internet Explorer would no longer be the most used browser on the planet in 2012, and certainly not by the second quarter. But lo and behold, not only is IE in command of the browser wars with a majority share of the market,...

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 690 Dual-GK104 GPU Review

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 690 Dual-GK104 GPU Review

After testing the GeForce GTX 680 last month, it was practically a foregone conclusion that a dual-GPU powered graphics card based on the same GK104 GPU was coming down the pipeline. The GK104 at the heart of the GeForce GTX 680 was able to best AMD’s current flagship GPU more often than not in our testing, and it did so while consuming...

RunCore Brings New Super-Tiny SSD To The Table: Look Closely

RunCore Brings New Super-Tiny SSD To The Table: Look Closely

Talk about tiny. As flash memory and NAND gets smaller and smaller, so too do modules that acts as storage mainframes for things like phones and tablets. RunCore has today introduced a single-chip SATA DOM SSD, the Mini DOM. It uses the SATA II interface, and ffers even higher performance and reliability as compared to the earlier IDE/ATA...

EchoStar Issues World's Slimmest DVR

EchoStar Issues World's Slimmest DVR

You know, we were really beginning to wonder about the DVR. Phones, laptops, tablets and even towers have shrank considerably over the past two to three years, but DVRs are still... shaped like DVRs, by and large. But now, EchoStar is giving DVR lovers reason to celebrate, with an ultraslim model that actually looks fairly beautiful. It's...

Pebble Smartwatch Project Partners with RunKeeper

Pebble Smartwatch Project Partners with RunKeeper

Last month, the Pebble smartwatch project was the darling of Kickstarter, raising $3.7 million in mere days; at this moment, the project is poised to top the $8 million mark at any time. Amid the swooning the Pebble devs are no doubt experiencing, the group is finding time to strike deals with other developers. The group announced that the...

Dells Adds Ivy Bridge to a Pair of Desktops

Dells Adds Ivy Bridge to a Pair of Desktops

Hot on the heels of an update to its Alienware gaming laptop line that brought Intel’s 3rd-generation Core processors to the series, Engadget noticed that Dell has added Ivy Bridge chips to its Vostro 470 mini tower and XPS 8500 desktops. The Vostro is designed for businesses and has modest specs that are ideal for office-type applications....

MSI Announces New Generation Of Gaming Laptops With GT60 And GT70

MSI Announces New Generation Of Gaming Laptops With GT60 And GT70

MSI announced the GT60 and GT70 gaming notebooks which feature Intel's 3rd generation Core i7 quad core processor, Nvidia GeForce GTX 670M discrete graphics, Super RAID Dual SSD, and a SteelSeries gaming keyboard. These notebooks also offer up to 32G of memory and professional grade Killer Gaming Networking. For additional performance, the...

Eurocom's Racer 2.0 Gets Ivy Bridge And AMD Radeon HD 7970M Graphics

Eurocom's Racer 2.0 Gets Ivy Bridge And AMD Radeon HD 7970M Graphics

Eurocom added the newest AMD Radeon HD 7970M GPU to the EUROCOM Racer 2.0 notebook. The EUROCOM Racer 2.0 is a 15.6-inch small form factor notebook that uses the Intel Mobile HM 77 Express chipset and supports the full line of 22nm Ivy Bridge processors. The notebook also supports up to three storage drives and up to 32GB of DDR3-1600 memory....

Snag a Refurbished Samsung Series 5 Ultrabook for 600 Smackers

Snag a Refurbished Samsung Series 5 Ultrabook for 600 Smackers

You know we're always looking out for you guys and gals, right? Good, because it's in that vein that we want to give you a heads up on a semi-killer deal for an Ultrabook. Daily Steals, a site we've ordered from before, is selling a refurbished Samsung Series 5 Ultrabook for a low $600. Ignoring the fact that this is a refurbished item (with...

MSI's R7870 Hawk Graphics Card Brings an Unlocked BIOS and Digital Power to the Overclocking Party

MSI's R7870 Hawk Graphics Card Brings an Unlocked BIOS and Digital Power to the Overclocking Party

Don't tell overclockers that running a graphics card beyond its rated specs only results in a nominal performance gain, and while you're at it, don't tell MSI, either. While in some cases overclocking a GPU might not translate into a big fps bump, those who embrace the art are equally interested in squeezing every last ounce of performance...

AOC's USB-powered 22-inch HD Display Now Available to Purchase

AOC's USB-powered 22-inch HD Display Now Available to Purchase

AOC today dropped us a note to let us know that its new 22-inch high-definition USB-powered display (model e2251Fwu) is now available nationwide. The e2251Fwu is a nifty 22-inch monitor that has the potential to transform your laptop into a dual-display machine, so long as you have a free USB port to plug it into. And the cool thing about...

RIM Announces BlackBerry App Generator, Available Now

RIM Announces BlackBerry App Generator, Available Now

RIM has some major moving to do if it hopes to rekindle some of that fire it once had. The smartphone world is very different now, and people expect much more. BlackBerry OS largely has not kept up with other smartphone operating systems, and the world is watching BlackBerry World this week in Orlando to see what RIM ushers in next. One of...

RIM Shows Off 4.2" BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha Smartphone

RIM Shows Off 4.2" BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha Smartphone

Is the world ready for a new BlackBerry? More accurately, can RIM force the world to wait much longer? The smartphone game has changed dramatically, and while RIM's user base is still millions strong, it's offering up a smartphone platform that isn't as strong as iOS and Android in many ways. And the market is responding. RIM has announced...

HTC One X AT&T Smartphone Review

HTC One X AT&T Smartphone Review

The HTC One X generated quite a buzz when the smartphone was first announced at Mobile World Congress earlier this year. The initial announcement featured information and specifications for two versions of the phone, an international model built around NVIDIA’s quad-plus-one core Tegra 3 SoC (system on a chip) and a U.S. model powered...

Verbatim USB 3.0 Flash Drives Start at 20 Bucks

Verbatim USB 3.0 Flash Drives Start at 20 Bucks

Twenty dollars doesn’t go far these days, but it can get you an 8GB USB 3.0 flash drive from Verbatim. The company announced its Store ‘n’ Go V3 drives, which feature USB 3.0 speed, retractable connector, and backward compatibility with all previous USB iterations. The drives are compatible with both Macs and PCs and come...

Satisfy Your Bloodlust Responsibly, With the Razer Naga Hex Gaming Mouse

Satisfy Your Bloodlust Responsibly, With the Razer Naga Hex Gaming Mouse

What’s more fun than a gaming mouse? A gaming mouse designed specifically for hacking and slashing games, which is precisely the raison d’etre of the Razer Naga Hex Wraith Red edition. The mouse is equipped with six mechanical side buttons, which are capable of 250 clicks per minute--a spec that is ideal for MOBA and action RPG...

Samsung Introduces Series 7 Gamer Laptop

Samsung Introduces Series 7 Gamer Laptop

Samsung announced the Samsung Series 7 Gamer laptop. This laptop features a mode-changing dial that lets you switch between four modes: Gaming, General, Quiet, and Power Saving. These preconfigured modes can quickly switch on and off components and optimize settings for the mode chosen.  The Series 7 Gamer features a 3rd generation Intel...

Windows XP Still Reigns Supreme in Desktop OS Market Share

Windows XP Still Reigns Supreme in Desktop OS Market Share

People have a tendency to resist change, that's just the way it is. Underscoring this point is the fact that Windows XP is still the most dominant operating system on the desktop despite being released more than a decade ago. Maybe that wouldn't be the case if Microsoft jumped straight to Windows 7 instead of Vista, or perhaps human nature...

CyberPowerPC Rolls Out Ivy Bridge Desktops Starting at $749

CyberPowerPC Rolls Out Ivy Bridge Desktops Starting at $749

Boutique system builder CyberPowerPC today joins a growing number of vendors offering desktops built around Intel's newly released Ivy Bridge platform. Where CyberPowerPC tries to set itself apart is in price. Systems infused with 3rd generation Intel Core processors start at just $749, though you can drop much, much more if your budget allows....

ViewSonic Announces Insanely Thin VX2460h-LED Monitor

ViewSonic Announces Insanely Thin VX2460h-LED Monitor

There are thin monitors, and then there's the new VX2460h-LED from ViewSonic, a panel so skinny that other LCDs make snide comments behind its back. While others are talking the talk, the VX2460h-LED is walking the walk with a svelte frame that measures a scant quarter of an inch thin, or 6.8mm if you're into the metric system. According to...

RIM Intros Music Gateway Accessory For BlackBerry Music Streaming

RIM Intros Music Gateway Accessory For BlackBerry Music Streaming

RIM's still in turnaround mode, yes, but they have to create products in the meantime. With BlackBerry World kicking off this week in Orlando, the first doodad out of the gate is the new Music Gateway. It's a small, powerful product that streams audio over Bluetooth, while also pairing with NFC for some remote control action. It's a device...

Verizon Wireless Deals New Prepaid Plan Options

Verizon Wireless Deals New Prepaid Plan Options

Need a new phone? Not so hot on the idea of buying one on-contract? There's a solution here, and Verizon Wireless is really hoping that you'll give its newly defined prepaid plans a look. The prepaid market in the U.S. is a hot one, largely dominated by MVNOs that run on Sprint's network, but VZW is chipping away, and these new plans show...

Acer Adds 24-inch IPS Commercial Display

Acer Adds 24-inch IPS Commercial Display

Acer introduced a new 24-inch commercial display with premium IPS technology, the Acer B243PWL. This ergonomic display offers wide viewing angles up to 178 degrees horizontally and vertically. The LED-backlit monitor offers a resolution of 1920 x 1200 and a 60Hz refresh rate. Connectivity options include DisplayPort, VGA, and DVI (w/HDCP)....